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A Comedy of Sighs at the Avenue Theatre

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A Comedy of Sighs theatre poster advertising John Todhunter’s play and William Butler Yeats’ The Land of Hearts Desire, at The Avenue Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, design by Aubrey Beardsley (1872-98). Colour lithograph. England, 1894. Florence Farr, the actress and manager of the Avenue Theatre in 1894, prided herself on her avant-garde taste in theatre design. She commissioned the young illustrator Aubrey Beardsley to design this poster, which doubled as a programme cover illustration. The humourous magazine Punch lampooned its unusual style with a pun on the word 'Avenue' in the name of the theatre: 'Ave a new poster'.
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MOUNT:

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COPYRIGHT:

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GLAZING:

Clear acrylic. We use clear acrylic glazing for safety and longevity.

FRAMING:

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About the artist
Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley

Born in Brighton in 1872, Aubrey Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. He had a distinctive and now iconic style, using black ink to create his graphic drawings inspired by Japanese woodcuts. His fascination with the grotesque, the erotic and the decadent made him a controversial figure at the time, but also hugely fashionable. He worked closely with Oscar Wilde, producing illustrations to accompany the English edition of Wilde’s opera, Salome. Instrumental in the beginnings of the Art Nouveau movement, Beardsley was hugely prolific during his tragically short career; he worked seriously for only six years before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 25.