British illustrator and author best known for his black-and-white, Art Nouveau drawings. He emulated Japanese woodcuts in his work, zeroing in on grotesque, decadent, and erotic imagery. Foremost member of the Aesthetic movement.
He worked in an architect's office as an illustrator in 1888; later, he held a position at Guardian Life and Fire Insurance Company.
He contributed greatly to the Art Nouveau movement, despite his early death from tuberculosis.
He was born to a father who did not work, but rather lived off money inherited from his maternal grandmother. He was rumored to have had an incestuous relationship with his older sister.
He and renowned author Oscar Wilde were both part of the Aesthetic Movement.