The work of Howard Pyle (1853-1911) is a reminder of a time when even such 'lowly' art as book illustration was fine.
The Mermaid, 1910.
[Hat tip to novelist Edward Cline, who mentions Pyle in his recently released novel, We Three Kings.]
The problem is that we are just shaving Leviathan when we need to start draining its lifeblood until it's too anemic to do much harm. Right now, it's the one holding the straight razor and slashing throats right and left.