Mabel Beardsley (24 August 1871 – 8 May 1916) was an English Victorian actress and elder sister of the famous illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, who according to her brother's biographer, "achieved mild notoriety for her exotic and flamboyant appearance".
Beardsley was born in Brighton on 24 August 1871. –1909), was the son of a tradesman; Vincent had no trade himself, however, and instead relied on a private income from an inheritance that he received from his maternal grandfather when he was 21. Vincent's wife, Ellen Agnus Pitt (1846–1932), was the daughter of Surgeon-Major William Pitt of the Indian Army. The Pitts were a well-established and respected family in Brighton, and Beardsley's mother married a man of lesser social status than might have been expected. Soon after their wedding, Vincent was obliged to sell some of his property in order to settle a claim for his "breach of promise" from another woman who claimed that he had promised to marry her. In 1883, her family settled in London, and in the following year, she appeared in public playing at several concerts with her brother Aubrey.Her father, Vincent Paul Beardsley (1839
In 1902, she married fellow actor George Bealby Wright,then about 25 years old, who acted under the name George Bealby.
She died on 8 May 1916,and is buried in St. Pancras Cemetery, London.
Yeats' biographer David Pierce notes that:
W.B. Yeats' poem "Upon a Dying Lady" is about Mabel Beardsley.
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