Flaunting Himself In Public (Again)

Regrettably, Mr Von Beach has suffered from sudden fits of Shameless Exhibitionism ever since his earliest childhood. However, his latest attack is perhaps among the most prolonged and efflourescent since his infamous one-gentleman show at the Chelsea Home for Retired Bottlewashers in 1894.

Victoriana—The Art of Revival sprawls coquettishly through the bowels of London’s Guildhall Gallery and features the works of twenty-five eminent neo-Victorians—being Barnaby Barford, Su Blackwell, Ligia Bouton, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Piers Jamson, Tessa Farmer, Dan Hillier, Jane Hoodless, Stephen Kenny, Nick Knight, Kevin O’Neill, Grayson Perry, Miss Pokeno, Paula Rego, Rob Ryan, Paul St. George, Patrick St. Paul, Chantal Powell, Phil Sayers, Yinka Shonibare, Richard Slee, Yumiko Utsu, Kitty Valentine, Simon Venus, Tom Werber, Mathew Weir & Carole Windham—and one reanimated Victorian—being your host, Mr Von Beach.

Mr Von Beach is here below delighted to present a number of extracts from his Alphabet, commissioned expressly for the exhibition by Sonia Solicari, Principal Curator and Head of the Gallery.

V is for Voluptuous Automaton


C is for Concatenation

T is for Terminal Velocipede

—Friday the 6th September

1903 Pt. V

Tour de France 1903, Stage 5

At Roche-sur-Yon, Garin suggests the following arrangement : ‘I want to win alone and neither you nor anyone else must beat me. I’ll help you on the road in return.’ I still hadn’t won a stage and felt in fantastic form, so I rejected his offer outright. So Garin says to Pothier : ‘Go ahead and knock him off !’ No sooner said than done. Pothier advances a few metres, dismounts and throws his bike at mine. I fall off, Garin takes my bike, stamps on it and destroys the rear wheel. I was completely beaten.
Fernand Augereau, fourth

Being number five in a series of six prints to celebrate the 100th Tour de France.

—Sunday the 21st July

1903 Pt. III

Tour de France 1903, Stage 3

The third stage : unquestionably the hardest. A start in darkness beneath the moon’s sad gaze, a terrible mistral, atrocious roads, then a blazing sun, the desert once more and across the Cévennes under a white hot sky.
Henri Desgrange

Six prints to celebrate the 100th Tour.

—The 19th of July

Tour de France : Part Deux

Tour de France 1903 pt2

Iillustrating the second stage of the 1903 Tour de france—Lyon to Marseille—won by Hippolyte Aucouturier with all the panache one can muster after fourteen and a half hours in the saddle. Second in a series of six prints to celebrate the Tour’s 100th birthday.

—The day of the double d'Huez
Readers with no wish to see Mr Von Beach Blowing His Own Trumpet may instead follow his exploits simply at Work, Rest or Play.