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From the first rose a many-breasted dragon and four little loves mounted upon swans, and each love was furnished with a bow and arrow. Two AUBREY BEARDSLEY of them that faced the monster seemed to recoil in fear, two that were behind made bold enough to aim their shafts at him. From the verge of the second sprang a circle of slim golden columns that supported silver doves with tails and wings spread out. " The picture was never drawn, but does it want more than the drawing ^ The prose of " Under the Hill " does not arrive at being really good prose, but it has felicities that astonish, those felicities by which the amateur astonishes the craftsman.

The art of the ballet counts for much, in the evolution of many favourite effects of contemporary drawing, and not merely because Degas has drawn dancers, with his reserved, essentially classical mastery of form. By its rapidity of flight within bounds, by its bird-like and flower-like caprices of colour and motion, by that appeal to the imagination which comes from its silence (to which music is but like an accompanying shadow, so closely, so discreetly, does it follow the feet of the dancers), by its appeal to the eyes and to the senses, its adorable artificiality, the ballet has tempted almost every draughtsman, as the interiors of music-halls have also been singularly tempting, with their extraordinary tricks of light, their suddenness of gesture, their triumphant tinsel, their fantastic humanity.

I ;^ Aubrey Beardsley ...... 25 Reproductions of Pictures . . 49 Portrait by Jacques Blanche {Phdogravure) Frontispiece Facsimile of Translation from Catullus ("Savoy") facing 13 Tailpiece from Bon Mots . . 47 Merlin ("Morte Darthur") .... 49 How King Arthur saw the Questing Beast and thereof had Great Marvel . . 51 Vignette from "Morte Darthur" . -53 Vignette from "Morte Darthur" . -55 Vignette from "Morte Darthur" . -57 Vignette from " Morte Darthur " . 59 Vignette from "Morte Darthur" .

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