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(b Brighton, 21 Aug. 1872; d Menton, France, 16 Mar. 1898). English illustrator and writer. Beardsley had a talent for drawing from childhood and had almost no formal training in art (he attended evening classes at Westminster School of Art for a few months). However, he read voraciously and studied the art of the past and present, and his work drew on a variety of influences, including the sinuous line of Burne-Jones (who encouraged him) and the strong patterns of Japanese prints (see Ukiyo-e).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)