Original Pencil and Ink Drawing of Design for Front Cover of Evelina
. Original Illustrations. This is the original drawing by Beardsley for the cover of Fanny Burney’s Evelina, used in the small paper issue of J.M. Dent’s 1893 edition. By altering the book title, the same design was used for Dent’s editions of Burney’s Cecilia and Madame de Stael’s Corinne. Provenance: From the archives of J.M. Dent; sold at Sotheby’s in June 1987; and most recently in the collection of the scholar and collector Mark Samuels Lasner. The drawing was part of the exhibit “Beautiful Decadence in Japan in 1998.” References: The Letters of Aubrey Beardsley, ed. H. Maas and W.G. Good, 1972, p. 205; Brian Reade, Beardsley, 1966, p. 34; Reade and J. Dickinson, Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1966, p. 282; Mark Samuels Lasner, A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley, number 24. The drawing is to be included in Linda Zatlin’s catalogue raisone of Beardsley’s drawings. 6.5 x 8.5 inches. In very good condition. ART/020712. Fine.