'Sir Lancelot du Lake' [sic]

Artist: Edward Corbould (1815–1901)

Engraver: Orrin Smith



9 ¾ x 7 inches

Illustration for The Books of British Ballads (1842), p. 119.

The illustration typifies the use of rustic motifs combined with medieval and mythological figures that were derived German illustration of the 1830s and '40s, notably appearing in Rethel’s designs for Das Nibelungenlied (image, 1840). Corbould was one of several artists associated with the 'German style', and like most of his generation has slipped into obscurity.

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  • Tracery and castle
  • Lower left
  • Upper right: tracery and trees
  • Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

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