If you saw my "Sit, ubues. Sit." post from this past Thursday, you saw me compare an Erol Otus drawing with the Arthur Rackham illustration that may have inspired it. Today, I present another double-take from the Otus vault. In this case, the illustration is Erol Otus's illustration of his character Valerius from The Rogues Gallery. Today, the inspiration/homage comes courtesy of Louis Rhead and his drawing of Cassio from Charles & Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare (1918).
While I do appreciate Rhead's work, I think I prefer the Otus drawing.