Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Another Really Old Old-School Artist: John Austen

John Austen was a carpenter turned prolific illustrator. Of his early works of note were his illustrations for an edition of Hamlet (below) that are pretty much a rip off of Aubrey Beardsley's style, but let's face it... Beardsley was one of THE greats of the period. Thankfully for us, though, Austen quickly moved beyond mimicry to come into his own. Of particular note were his scratchboard illustrations for the Limited Edition Club (from which the King Arthur "Faerie Queene" images below have come.)

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