{ feuilleton }


• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.

Archive for the ‘Aubrey Beardsley’ tag


Suspiria details


Wall decor based on MC Escher’s Study of Regular Division of the Plane with Fish and Birds (1938). A few screen grabs from the weekend’s viewing of a German Blu-ray disc of Suspiria (1977). My old DVD didn’t look too bad but this is one film where high-definition is required to do justice to the […]

Posted in {art nouveau}, {art}, {design}, {film}, {horror} | 2 comments »


Excuse My Beauty


With perfect timing, considering the illustrational direction of the week, David Siferd was in touch to pass on these drawings by Jesse James Johnson for Goddess, David’s unisex streetwear label. The drawings provide the decorative elements of a new collection, Excuse My Beauty, which will be launched later this week. David referred to Harry Clarke […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {fashion} | Comments Off


After Beardsley by Ryan Cho


One of the posts last week concerned a swipe from Harry Clarke by an unknown illustrator. This Beardsley pastiche came to my attention shortly after the Clarke discovery, not a swipe but a deliberate exercise by American illustrator Ryan Cho in adopting the Beardsley style. It took some effort to trace the origin of Cho’s […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {black and white}, {illustrators} | Comments Off


René Gockinga revisited


Presenting another guest post by Sander Bink concerning drawings by Dutch artists from the early decades of the 20th century, several of which show a distinct Beardsley influence. There’s also more than a little Harry Clarke in some of the details, especially the large Salomé picture below. Sander examines the provenance. * * * In […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {illustrators} | Comments Off


Weekend links 256


Of a Neophyte, and How the Black Art Was Revealed unto Him by the Fiend Asomuel. Aubrey Beardsley for the Pall Mall Magazine, 1893. • The occult preoccupations of the 1970s appear to be in the ascendant just now. Whether this is mere nostalgia or something in the zeitgeist remains to be seen but BBC […]

Posted in {art}, {electronica}, {fashion}, {film}, {gay}, {music}, {occult}, {photography} | 3 comments »


Aubrey Beardsley’s Keynotes


Promotional poster. Keynotes was a series of 34 novels and short story collections published by John Lane from 1893. Aubrey Beardsley produced cover designs and embellishments for 22 of the titles in 1895 while he was working on The Yellow Book which John Lane was also publishing. Beardsley’s designs comprised a title frame with illustration […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {black and white}, {books}, {design}, {horror} | 2 comments »


Lucian’s True History


Lucian is Lucian of Samosata whose True History (also known as A True Story) is often regarded as one of the earliest works of science fiction. The book is a satirical work, but unlike many earthbound satires this one concerns a journey into outer space, encounters with the inhabitants of various planets, and descriptions of […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {black and white}, {books}, {illustrators}, {science fiction} | 4 comments »


More Esteban Maroto


Psychedelic Kali from Vampirella 18. Copies of the Dracula comics may be scarce these days but two of the artists who appeared in the title—Esteban Maroto and José Beá—were also appearing regularly in Vampirella around the same time. The Internet Archive has a large collection of Warren titles including an almost complete run of Vampirella. […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {comics}, {horror}, {psychedelia} | Comments Off


In the Key of Yellow


My Easter weekend was profitably spent watching True Detective again, a series I enjoyed even more the second time around. For the past year I’ve been pondering off and on the connections the series makes with the suite of weird tales that Robert Chambers published in 1895 as The King in Yellow, and also the […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {books}, {design}, {horror}, {illustrators}, {pulp}, {television} | 4 comments »


New Life for the Decadents by Philippe Jullian


This essay by cult writer Philippe Jullian appeared in an edition of the Observer colour supplement in 1971, shortly after Jullian’s chef d’oeuvre, Dreamers of Decadence, had been published in Britain. Esthètes et Magiciens (1969), as Jullian’s study was titled in France, was instrumental in raising the profile of the many Symbolist artists whose work […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {gay}, {magazines}, {painting}, {symbolists} | 9 comments »


A Q&A with artist Mel Odom


First Eyes (1982). I’ve emphasised the artist label to distinguish this Mel Odom from the very prolific writer of the same name. The artist received a fleeting mention here in the Gay artists archive but for many years he’s been a highly regarded book and magazine illustrator, with a Gold Medal from the American Society […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {gay}, {horror}, {illustrators} | Comments Off


Moorcock: Faith, Hope and Anxiety


Photo of the author by Linda Moorcock. I mentioned a few days ago that I had another new piece of work to reveal, and this is it, a poster/promotional piece for Russell Wall’s forthcoming documentary about Michael Moorcock. The main challenge with one was to create something that would give a sense of Moorcock’s extensive […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {design}, {fantasy}, {film}, {magazines}, {science fiction}, {work} | 3 comments »


John Austen’s Little Ape


British illustrator John Austen (1886–1948) illustrated many classic works of fiction throughout the 1920s, one of which, Hamlet, was recently reprinted by Dover Publications. His other work isn’t so easy to find, however, and I’d not seen Little Ape and Other Stories (1921) until Nick H drew my attention to a copy for sale at […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {illustrators}, {psychedelia} | Comments Off


The art of John Jack Vrieslander, 1879–1957


The Darkness (1900). Another discovery to add to the long list of post-Beardsley illustrators, John Jack Vrieslander was a German artist whose not-very-German name was a pseudonym of Hans Zarth. It took some searching to establish that a) it is Zarth, not “Zahrt” as one site has it, and b) the two were indeed one […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {illustrators} | 5 comments »




“Iconic” is a much abused word these days but this book from UK publisher Counter-Print can claim the term with some justification: Icon contains over 200 examples of social media icons from many well-known, as well as up-and-coming, graphic designers and illustrators. This limited and concise canvas for self-expression is represented within this book through […]

Posted in {books}, {design}, {work} | 2 comments »


The art of Toshiaki Kato


Toshiaki Kato isn’t the first contemporary Japanese artist to work variations on Aubrey Beardley’s style but he’s one I’d not come across before. Kato’s cover illustrations run a gamut of familiar styles, not only Beardsley but Harry Clarke, Gustav Klimt, Tamara Lempicka, Maxfield Parrish and no doubt a few more I haven’t recognised. Beardsley’s influence […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {illustrators} | 2 comments »


Percy Walter Wolff’s Die Vorhölle


Another name to add to the long list of Beardsley followers, Percy Walter Wolff is so obscure as to be almost completely absent from web records. This suggests that Die Vorhölle: Eine Lyrische Nachlese (1911), a Baudelaire collection, may be the only book he illustrated. The drawings make me wonder what Beardsley himself—who put a […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books} | 2 comments »


Gockinga’s Bacchanal and an unknown portrait of Fritz Klein


Bacchanal by René Gockinga. A guest post today by Sander Bink who generously translated his latest piece of research into the Dutch artists of the early 20th century who took the Beardsley style as a foundation for their own black-and-white delineations. As with this earlier post on the subject, many of these drawings are very […]

Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {black and white}, {gay}, {symbolists} | Comments Off


Tom of Finland redesigned


Tom of Smurfland by Alessio Slonimsky. Rest assured this is about the only time anything Smurf-related will be allowed on these pages, the blue wretches having been partially redeemed for artist writer Dale Lazarov’s pin-up challenge for the month of May. Lazarov regularly proposes homoerotic redesign challenges on his Tumblr pages, something I wasn’t aware […]

Posted in {art}, {comics}, {gay}, {illustrators} | 4 comments »


RS Sherriffs’ Tamburlaine the Great


I would have posted this by now if it hadn’t been for the recent unpleasantness. Robert Stewart Sherriffs (1906-60) was a Scottish artist who I confess I hadn’t come across before until Nick H (thanks, Nick!) drew my attention to this book at silver-gryph’s eBay pages. Sherriffs’ illustrated edtion of The Life and Death of […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {illustrators}, {theatre} | 3 comments »







“feed your head”