Menu Close


The title-page image, in portrait orientation, combines a line-block reproduction of a pen-and-ink design with letterpress. The title, “THE SAVOY” [caps], appears in the top fifth of the page. At the top of the page behind the title, curtains adorned with rose flowers are split open, spanning the width of the page to descend the margins on each side. The curtains are tied off to the side with polka dotted fabric cut in decorative points jutting down at about the top third of the page. The curtains extend to nearly the base of the page, taking up a quarter of the page in width on each side. Behind the split curtains, and covered slightly by them, is an ornamented mirror that starts at the base of the title and extends down until the halfway point on the page, taking up the middle third of the page in width. The text “No. 1” appears within the mirror below two draped garlands of flowers. Also within the mirror is the text “January” and then, one line below, the text: “No. 1,” and one line down again from that is the text “1896.” Below and in front of the mirror, in the mid-ground, is a table that holds two symmetrically placed three-tiered candlestick holders with lit candles extending up to the halfway point on the mirror. On the table between the candlestick holders is a black mask and a closed up, tasseled fan. The table is covered with a plain cloth that has two layers of doilies at the edge falling in front of the table. Two bows sit on the edge of the table cloth in front of each of the two candlestick holders. Standing in the foreground, to the left and right of the table, are two women. They take up just over half the page in height and about a quarter of the width each. The woman on the left is leaning forward, facing to the right, and shows a two-thirds profile of her face. She is dressed in a plain, baggy, hooded long-sleeve top and a long skirt. Bunches of flowers are tied around her neck and also at the hem of her shirt sleeve, and draped in two layers on her skirt. Her hair is tied up atop her head in coiled rows, with about four bows lined in a crown and a veil covering her face. The woman on the right is facing to the left and showing a three-quarters profile. She is dressed in a buttoned tunic coat with puffy upper sleeves that tighten at the forearm and have a ruffled sleeve. The coat is made tight at the waist with a twisted fabric belt and the same material appears tied around her neck with a large bow at her chin. She wears baggy pants that reach just below the knee and show off bowed slippers on her feet. Atop her head is a large bonnet that covers all of her hair and ears. A veil covers her face and is tied at the back of her hat, with the excess material from the tie draping down across her left shoulder. A large fan emerges from her back, slightly spread and decorated with a floral pattern. Between the two women is mostly blank space until the centre foreground at the very bottom of the page where there is publishing information. Here appears the text: “LEONARD SMITHERS” [caps] and in the line below in slightly less bold font “EFFINGHAM HOUSE” [caps], and in the line below that: “ARUNDEL STREET, STRAND” [caps], and in the last line below: “LONDON W.C.” [caps].. In the bottom right corner there is text in three rows, the first is: “AUBREY” [caps], the second line down is: “BEARDSLEY.” [caps], and the third line is: “1896.” The page is bordered in a double-line, with the inner line four-times the thickness of the exterior.