Talbot and the Countess of Auvergne by W. Q. Orchardson, ARA. C. W. Sharpe, engraver. Source: 1871 The Art-Journal [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Commentary by The Art-Journal

Our readers will, no doubt, remember the wood-cut from this picture we introduced last year, with other illustrations from the works of Mr. Orchardson, in the biographical sketch of this artist. We have been induced to reproduce it on a larger scale, and in another mode of engraving, from a repeat- edly expressed desire on the part of nume- rous subscribers to see it occupy a more important position in the Journal than it had previously.

It may be well to add, for the benefit of those who do not chance to possess our last year's volume, that the subject illustrates the scene in Shakspere's Henry VI., when the troops of Lord Talbot, the leader of the English in the wars against France, force their way into the presence of the Countess, thus proving to her that he is not the "child, a silly dwarf," which she charged him with being.

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“Talbot and the Countess of Auvergne.” Art Journal (1871): 154. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 9 August 2013.

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