Lines on Pictures
Verse inscribed on a proof of the unexpurgated
version of the Salome illustration Enter Herodias
Because one figure was
This little drawing was suppressed.
Perhaps it was all for the best.
¶ 1894. Beardsleys illustrations to Oscar
Wildes Salome were published in 1894. These lines, inscribed
on a proof copy of the unexpurgated version of one of the most contentious
of the pictures he executed, were sent by Beardsley to his friend