‘The Eglinton Tournament’ (plate 5), 1840. A lithographic print, drawn by Doyle directly onto the stone. 10¼ x 14½ inches. Doyle’s mock-heroic version of the tourney, with spectators looking on in horror and amazement as one of the knights is unseated – as if no-one had realized the dangers of such an encounter. Typically, Doyle combines situational comedy with caricature to create a comic-book, toy-town vision of what was supposed to be a grand and imposing event.

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

Created 12 October 2023