Beresford Egan (1905 - 1984) was a highly original artist, illustrator, designer, writer and actor. He was born in London and was educated in South Africa. He returned to London in 1926 after spending two years as a sports cartoonist on the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg, and soon became closely associated with the Art Deco movement and the work of The Decadents. He illustrated a number of books in the late 1920s and early 1930s, including The Sink of Solitude, Moonchild, Les Fleurs du Mal, Cyprian Masques, and De Sade. Egan also wrote plays, and appeared as a performer in films and in the music-halls. As an artist he worked in various media but is especially known for his drawings in pen and ink, pencil and grey wash. He died in London. For more information it is well worth reading the book on Beresford Egan by Adrian Woodhouse which was published in 2005 by Tartarus Press.