‘The Tournament’. One of four vignettes on Plate 5. 1870. Coloured wood engraving by Edmund Evans. 3½ x 6 inches. In this illustration, Doyle neatly conflates two varieties of escapism – the workings of fairyland and medievalism. This time the horses are fantastically substituted by insects. As usual, the colour printing is expertly achieved, recreating the effects of Doyle’s watercolours. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Photograph and text by Simon Cooke. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.


Doyle, Richard, and William Allingham. In Fairyland. London: Green and Co., 1870 [1869].

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