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'Looking at you, looking at me, looking at Sickert, looking at Beardsley, looking at Keats', 2022

(oil on board, 40.6 x 50.8 cm)

(longlisted for the Jackson's Painting Prize)

The painting in the painting is thought to be of Aubrey Beardsley by Walter Sickert (1894) and hangs in Tate Britain. In it Beardsley had been attending the unveiling of a memorial for the poet John Keats who also died of tuberculosis at the same age as Beardsley would four years after this was painted (25). Beardsley is ill at the time of the painting - alone and palely loitering - and maybe this explains why he appears so delicate.

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