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History

The original Erotic Art Society was founded in 1890 and was a Victorian construct where men of a certain social standing and class could meet to share, discuss and enjoy their latest photographic, artistic and literary acquisitions.

The Erotic Art Society flourished for more than two decades, with over 1,700 members at its peak, many of them either high-born or in positions of authority throughout Victorian and Edwardian England. The Society boasted peers, aristocrats, MPs, royalty and even top clergymen among its select membership.

With major changes in the social structure of the country following the generational slaughter of the First World War, the Society’s numbers dwindled and it fell into decline, finally being put on the shelf with only a handful of diehard members in the early 1950s.

As the liberation of the 1960s took off and freedom reigned, there was little or no interest in reviving it. As the decades passed and adult material became ever more readily available the dust settled. With the modern advent of the internet and anyone being able to enjoy anything their heart desires at the click of a mouse, tap of a button or the swipe of a screen there seemed little need or desire for such organisations any longer.

However, in recent years modern artisans working in the erotic art genre have had to fight against a wave of often puerile and blatantly illegal and offensive content on-line in order to get their work noticed and their message heard. Today’s hardworking erotic artists need a voice and a platform for their work, free from the speculation of specious advertising, where they do not have to fight for space among pages of frivolous and meaningless articles and features, where their work is appreciated not only by fellow artisans, but by a wider appreciative audience as well.

The resurrection of The Erotic Art Society provides a platform where erotic artists working in all aspects of the genre can come together as part of the Society to display their work and have their voices heard in JADE The International Erotic Art & Literature Magazine which has been published monthly since 2001 in a high resolution pdf format to a wide audience of appreciative readers.

In our wonderful modern age, erotic art is no longer the sole preserve of well-to-do males of a certain age and class: today enlightened, liberated, free-thinking mature adults from all walks of life can - and do - enjoy the beauty and pleasure of erotic art in all its many and very diverse forms.

The Erotic Art Society, while staying true to its original founding principle of the enjoyment and pleasure of and from erotic art, will now cover art over a wide spectrum of mediums and sub-genres and be welcoming and inclusive for both artisans and consumers.