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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.
Ink on paper
H 17.8 x W 16.2 cm
Presented by Colonel James Lister Melvill at the request of his brother, Harry Edward Melvill 1931
Drawing & watercolour