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Aubrey Beardsley
(1872 - 1898)

1872 Born 21 August in Brighton
1879 Diagnosed as tubercular and sent away to a small school at Hurstpierpoint in Sussex
1883 Lives in London with family for a year
1884 Together with sister, sent to live with an aunt in Brighton
1885 Boards at a grammar school for boys in Brighton
1888 Leaves school, joins family in London
1889 Works as a clerk at the Guardian Life and Fire Insurance Office
1891 Meets Burne-Jones and is encouraged by him to pursue a career in art
1891 Sporadic attendance at the Westminster School of Art
1892 Is commissioned to illustrate Morte d'Arthur, the rate is such that he can leave his job as a clerk
1893 Publication of The Studio featuring Aubrey's work brings him instant fame
1893 Purchases a house with his sister at 114 Cambridge Street in Pimlico
1894 April - first edition of The Yellow Book
1894 Oscar Wilde's Salome, illustrated by Beardsley, is published
1895 Arrest of Oscar Wilde on charges of 'committing indecent acts' - Aubrey is dismissed by Lane who is under pressure to rid the organisation of all 'decadent' influences
1895 July - moves into the 'bachelor's chambers' that once belonged to Oscar Wilde at 10-11 St James Place
1896 January - First issue of The Savoy comes out - the press is unenthusiastic. Ill health plagues him throughout the year, and his contributions to The Savoy drop dramatically
1897 A Book of Fifty Drawings is published
1897 Ben Jonson's Volpone published, illustrated by Aubrey
1897 Much of this year is spent moving place to place, looking for relief from the ever-consuming tuberculosis
1898 Dies 16 March of consumption

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