‘The Eglinton Tournament’ (plate 2), 1840. A lithographic print, drawn by Doyle directly onto the stone. 10¼ x 14½ inches. A series of amusing vignettes, charting various types of comedic incompetence as the aristocrats struggle to lift gigantic swords or mount their horses. The series’ tone is summarized by the central equestrian group in the upper section, which shows the arrogant prancing of a modern medieval with a jester about to crown him with a bladder – the mock-heroic undermining the heroic by showing it is all a silly pretence.

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Doyle, Richard. The Tournament. London: Dickinson, 1840.

Created 12 October 2023