Aubrey Beardsley 'The slippers of Cinderella', from The Yellow Book
(July 1894)
PP.6004.gml   15x11 cm


By the late nineteenth century the process relief line block could achieve a deeper black and purer white than any obtainable previously in the hand press era. This allowed Beardsley to create tonal effects from tiny dotted patterns and wavy lines - seen here in the leafy arches and rose trees behind Cinderella, and in the lace details of her dress - which reinforced an often disturbing tension between the large areas of black and white.