Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young: September 8 – November 12, 2022

Second Floor Gallery

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) is a monumental figure in book and magazine illustration, graphic arts and poster design, as well as the history of gender and sexuality. In his brief career from 1892 to 1898, cut short by his death from tuberculosis, he was a brilliant innovator in the British Art Nouveau and Decadent movements, creating daring black-and-white images for periodicals such as the Yellow Book and the Savoy, and for books published by the Bodley Head and Leonard Smithers. He was equally famous as the consummate “bad boy,” using his images to satirize Victorian norms of conduct and push gender and sexual boundaries. The exhibition highlights the rebellious and insouciant quality of his art, celebrating the eternally young Beardsley on the anniversary of his 150th birthday.

Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young features approximately 70 works, including unpublished letters and original drawings, rarely seen posters, periodicals, books, photographs, and ephemera. Highlights include original drawings for the Yellow Book and Savoy, illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s Salome, and a recently discovered drawing of the “key” for the back cover and spine of Keynotes, the bestselling 1893 volume of bold feminist stories by “George Egerton.” Curated by Mark Samuels Lasner (Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, and Grolier Club member) and Margaret D. Stetz (Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware), the exhibition is drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press.



Friday, October 7, 2022, 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Curator talks by Margaret D. Stetz (“In Bed with Beardsley”) and Mark Samuels Lasner (“Beardsleyophily”).

Wednesday, October 12, and Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunchtime exhibition tours, led by Mark Samuels Lasner.


47 E. 60th Street, New York, NY. Open to the public free of charge, by appointment, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of federal holidays. 

Jennifer Sheehan, Exhibitions & Communications
Manager, The Grolier Club                                                                               
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