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Title Portrait of Mabel Beardsley
Collection Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust
Artist Blanche, Jacques-Emile (French painter and author, 1861-1942)
Date 1895 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The portrait by the French painter Jacques-Emile Blanche depicts the actress Mabel Beardsley, sister of Aubrey Beardsley. Blanche studied under Henri Gervex (1852-1929) and Ferdinand Humbert (1842-1934). He was highly influenced by the work of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Blanche is best known for his portraits and included among his sitters, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky and Paul Claudel. He also recorded his friendship with Degas, Whistler, Wilde and others in his two volumes of memoirs. In 1895 Blanche painted both Mabel and Aubrey Beardsley. In a letter of 22 August 1895 Mabel writes to Blanche: 'Do you still want me to sit once more when my brother feels less seedy? The picture looks perfect in its present state - but you said the arm was shapeless. I might wear other sleeves. I love Aubrey's portrait - a masterpiece.'
Current Accession Number 2992
Inscription front lr 'to (?) dear Aubrey Mabel Beardsley J. E. Blanche 95'
Subject portrait ( Beardsley, Mabel)
Measurements 106.6 x 88.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by the Contemporary Art Society 1952.
Publications Bénézit, E. (ed.),Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs Paris,1976; Thieme, U., Becker, F. (ed.) Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Leipzig, 1980-86.
Notes The Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley is now in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 1991). Mabel Beardsley was an actress who toured in the USA with Arthur Bourchier. In 1903 she married the actor George Bealby Wright. She died after a long illness which received considerable press coverage. W. B. Yeats's sequence of poems Upon a dying lady and The Wild swans at Coole were addressed to her.
Rights Owner Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust
Author Katia Mai
 

 

 

 

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