Aubrey Beardsley- Art Noveau Artist Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic.
(Aubrey Beardsley - How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water, by Aubrey Beardsley via Wikipedia) very dark image-intentional, in reference to story? rare appearances of white act as detail instead of space-draws eye to armor and lake
Aubrey Beardsley was a fascinating figure in the late to early possibly because of the hippie movement's interest in Art Nouveau/Art Deco artifacts as "camp". A book published in "Black & White: A Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley", no doubt had an influence.