I just remembered the name of a fascinating artist I have been meaning to look up: 19th century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. His works were influenced “by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic.” (wiki) He is also known for his Poe illustrations, but I’m going to show you some of his works for ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ by Thomas Mallory, which is a compilation of tales of the Knights of the Round Table, first published in 1485.

How Sir Bedivere cast the sword Excalibur into the water

Pictures courtesy of Le Savoy.

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