Dear Beardsleyites

I would like to thank those of you who have already joined 
AB 2020: The Aubrey Beardsley Society

You can explore membership options and join AB 2020 here. Early birds are still entitled to a tote bag with souvenirs from the cancelled conference AB 2020: Beardsley Re-Viewed. For its coming 'from a timeline that didn't happen', the event has been appropriately declared a 'steampunk-y' one by the Society's member Helena Esser. 

New Exhibition Reviews in the AB Blog

As befits a researcher working at the intersection of art history and medical humanities, Christine Slobogin applies an enchantingly morbid lens in her response to the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition at Tate Britain and examines the themes of grotesque, taboo, and decay.

Emmeline Burdett uses Disability Studies approaches to discuss how Beardsley’s illness and early death from tuberculosis, as well as the representation of ‘impairments’ in his drawings, are framed by the show.

Vanessa Heron of the Oscar Wilde Society offers a fascinating personal response, encouraging us to look closely at Beardsley’s originals and to pay attention to the tiniest but nonetheless telling details of his drawings.

Miriam Al Jamil explores Tate Britain's framing of the exhibition as an ultimate and comprehensive account of Beardsley's life, work, and legacy. What conclusions then might the visitor draw?

More AB Blogs, including further reviews of the largest Beardsley show in fifty years, are already lined up for the coming weeks. If you would like to contribute to our growing digital collection, please get in touch. This resource will doubtless be of service to the Beardsley scholars of tomorrow.

I would like to take this opportunity and invite you to share the Emerging Beardsley Scholar Prize call for submissions (pdf).

Postgraduate and early-career researchers who have not yet held permanent academic posts are welcome to participate. The author of the winning essay will be awarded £500 while two runners-up will receive £100 each. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020.

With this prize, the Aubrey Beardsley Society aims to highlight  Beardsley’s relevance today and encourage new research that is intellectually adventurous and stylistically accomplished.

Thanks to the support of the Society's members, the AB Library continues to collect new digital sources, including some fascinating traces of global Beardsleyana in German, Polish, French, Russian, and Hungarian. You may wish to consult the Polish edition of Salome with Beardsley's illustrations (1914) or an important article on the artist by Elemér Czakó, published after a major Beardsley exhibition at the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts in 1907. If you have any comments and suggestions with respect to the AB Library, do not hesitate to email me at

Finally, do keep an eye on the London Nineteenth Century Studies Seminar. This autumn, the series will open with an online session on Beardsley (details are coming soon!).

Warmest wishes, 

Dr Sasha Dovzhyk
AB 2020: The Aubrey Beardsley Society
Supported by the Alessandra Wilson Fund

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