Victorian Art & Design
A full page illustration from Beardsley's Morte Darthur

This is one of the later illustrations from Beardsley's Morte Darthur. The earlier pictures still showed the influence of Burne-Jones. Dent had told Beardsley to imitate the style of Burne-Jones as he wanted the Morte Darthur to look like the books of Morris's Kelmscott Press.

The earlier illustrations had a lot of shading and very few areas of solid black, either in the picture or its border. This picture, however shows the influence of Japanese prints and of Greek Black Figure vases. It has large areas of solid black and also of solid white.
Beardsley and The Yellow Book