Created as a commission to illustrate Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", "The Lady of the Lake Telleth Arthur of the Sword Excalibur" is an early example of Beardsley's highly influential style. Intricate floral patterns and exquisite line work display his prodigious talent. The androgynous characters, the bold curves, and his fascination with Japanese prints would become distinctive elements of his artwork.
A bit of trivia. If you are an old-school AD&D player, this illustration may seem familiar because it's the inspiration for an art piece in the 1st edition Dungeon Master's Guide. More trivia. Aubrey Beardsley is one of the people on the "Sgt. Pepper's" album cover.