The Sleeping Beauty in Victorian Dress The Sleeping Beauty in Victorian Dress

The Sleeping Beauty in Victorian Dress

Publication Date: 1924
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An original drawing in india ink and watercolor, measuring 17 1/8 by 11 1/4 inches (43x28.6cm). Executed early in Rex Whistler's career, when the artist was about nineteen years old, and likely during the period that he was finishing his studies at the Slade School of Fine Art. It was at Slade that Whistler befriended Stephen Tennant, to whom this drawing originally belonged. In this witty social satire, the "prince" is cast as a Victorian dandy. Having entered through the window, he leaps toward the princess, losing his top hat and upending a potted plant in the process. The princess is asleep on a chaise with a coy smile, her dress suggestively slipping down. All around the parlor, the young woman's family and servants lie asleep in the middle of their tasks, open-mouthed and snoring. Most wear bright pink and gold crowns, alluding to the image's fairy-tale inspiration. Whistler has subtly patterned the wallpaper and carpeting, and the figures and decor are painted in shades of sanguine, grey, and sepia, with bright accents of pink watercolor. Some light creasing and a few short, closed tears to the right side of the drawing, which has been mounted to matboard. A satire of Victorian conventions, drawn by one "Bright Young Thing" for another member of the group. (Whistler & Fuller, The Work of Rex Whistler, p. 35, #220). Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Sleeping Beauty in Victorian Dress
Publication Date: 1924
Illustrator: Whistler, Rex

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