Toilette of Salomé (first version), for Salomé by Oscar Wilde

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley British
Publisher John Lane, The Bodley Head British
Related author Oscar Wilde Irish

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In 1907 John Lane issued a portfolio of designs that Aubrey Beardsley created in 1894 for the first British edition of "Salomé." Oscar Wilde's play had been written in French in 1891 then translated into English by Lord Alfred Douglas. Several of the images Beardsley submitted were judged to be too erotic to publish, and either altered or omitted. All were, however, included in the 1907 set. This first design for "The Toilette of Salomé" was rejected by the publishers as too risqué and replaced by a second version (see 63.693.2(3)).

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