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.
“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.
“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.”
Six prints to celebrate the 100th Tour.
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.