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The Fat Woman

Photo credit: Tate

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This drawing of a woman seated at a café table is reminiscent of the low-life café scenes of the Impressionists, Degas and Manet. Beardsley was fascinated by the uproar caused by Degas's L'Absinthe (1875-6, Musée d'Orsay) when it was exhibited at the Grafton Galleries in February 1893. However, The Fat Woman is far more witty and executed with astonishing panache and economy of line.


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Ink on paper


H 17.8 x W 16.2 cm

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Acquisition method

Presented by Colonel James Lister Melvill at the request of his brother, Harry Edward Melvill 1931

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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