Aubrey Beardsley

British illustrator and author (1872–1898)

Aubrey Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was a English illustrator.[1] He is best known for his drawings for Oscar Wilde's Salome.[2] Beardsley is one of the famous people who appears on the cover of The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Aubrey Beardsley
Beardsley drawing for Salome

Early lifeEdit

Beardsley was born in Brighton where his mother taught him to be interested in books and music.[1] He was very good at music and drawing by the age of ten, but he was already sick with tuberculosis. After leaving school he worked as a clerk for an insurance company in London. He had to stop working at the end of 1889 because of his illness.[1] He tried writing, but in 1891 he started to work full-time as an artist.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "History of Art: Aubrey Beardsley". Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  2. "Aubrey Beardsley: free web books, online". Archived from the original on 8 April 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.