Saturday 9 March 2013

Aubrey Beardsley – part 3

Aubrey Beardsley by Max Beerbohm c1894

Aubrey Beardsley (1872 – 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasised the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis at the age of 25.

This is part 3 of a 7-part post on the works of Aubrey Beardsley. For biographical notes and for earlier works see part 1 - 2 also:

Part 3 shows the remainder of Beardsley's 1892-94 works for Le Morte d’Arthur: 

How Queen Guenever rode on Maying ( left-hand page )

How Queen Guenever rode on Maying ( right-hand page )

How Queen Guenever rode on Maying ( spread )

Book XX. Chapter I

Book XXI. Chapter I

 How Sir Belvidere cast the Sword Excaliber into the Water

How Queen Guenever made her a Nun

Merlin and Nimue 
pen and ink 30.7 x 24.2 cm


Border design

The following are all illustrations for chapter headings in Le Morte d'Arthur: