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AUBREY BEARDSLEY. Squatting Devil Fishing. Vignette for the title-page of the Sheridan volume, page 116 of "The Bon-Mots of Sydney Smith and Richard Brinsley Sheridan," edited by Walter Jerrold (London: J.M. Dent, June 1893.) Pen and ink on paper. 47x28 mm; 1 3/4x1 1/4 inches mounted to grey card measuring 2 1/2x4 inches. Lasner 18 (for book); Vallance 1909, 65.III; Gallatin 1945, 645-771. Provenance: Ex-collection J.M. Dent to A. E. Gallatin to Jack and Caroline Milne.
Beardsley scholar Linda Zatlin notes "this miniature devil with a fishing rod arises from Beardsley's study of the flourishes of seventeenth-century calligraphers. The devils in James Ensor's `Hop-Frog's Revenge,' an etching of 1898, closely resemble this one"--Zatlin 734 (Aubrey Beardsley, A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2016).