Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an British illustrator, author, and aesthete who worked principally during the 1890s before his untimely death from tuberculosis.

He was known for his decadent and scandalous black ink drawings, notably the illustrations for an edition of Le Morte Darthur and for Oscar Wilde's play Salome, and co-founded The Yellow Book. His work touched on dark and taboo themes, such as sex and death, and included some illustrations of a Masquerade (indeed such an illustration featured on the cover of the first volume of the Yellow Book). He came to adopt a curious emblem as his artistic signature.

Connections with France: Beardsley visited Paris in 1892 and died in the south of France in 1898.

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