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The line-block reproduction of Beardsley’s pen-and-ink drawing is a framed illustration in portrait orientation. The illustration is of Alberich (the dwarf in Wagner’s opera) in three-quarters profile facing left. Above him and slightly to the right is the name, “Alberich,” hand-lettered in caps. He has long black hair and his mouth is agape. His right fist is clenched in a fist and raised above his head. The rest of his body is wrapped in a rough blanket and tied around with rope. He sits in an awkwardly twisted position with an angry face. His feet are clawed with talons.