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Oil painting - Lord Eglinton and Winton, dressed as Lord of the Tounrament
  • Lord Eglinton and Winton, dressed as Lord of the Tounrament
    Corbould, Edward Henry, born 1815 - died 1905
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Lord Eglinton and Winton, dressed as Lord of the Tounrament

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Corbould, Edward Henry, born 1815 - died 1905 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Museum number:

    P.5-1981

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122d, case WN

Object Type
The Victorians frequently made commemorative oil paintings of significant people and events. This splendid portrait was probably commissioned by the knight shown in the picture, Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton and 1st Earl of Winton (1812-1861). He is dressed here as `Lord of the Tournament.'

Subjects Depicted
By the 1830s tales of romance and chivalry inspired an interest in the costume and events of the Middle Ages. This painting shows Lord Eglinton dressed in gold armour at the `Eglinton Tournament', which he hosted on his Scottish estate in 1839. Eglinton and his guests dressed themselves in Medieval-style costumes, and took part in processions and competitions. The Earl had been fired with enthusiasm for the Gothic revival by reading Sir Walter Scott's novels of chivalry. Unfortunately it rained heavily and continuously on the Knights and Peers of the Realm in full armour with fully dressed horses. What the picture also illustrates is an early Victorian reconstruction of what antiquarians believed a Medieval knight should look like.

People
Henry Corbould (1815-1905) was mainly known as a watercolourist; his subjects included literature, mainly Chaucer, Spenser and Shakespeare. Prince Albert appointed him `Instructor of Historical Painting' to the Royal Family in 1851.

Physical description

Oil painted entitled 'A knight entering the lists at Eglinton Tournament' depicting a knight in armour on horseback, carrying a jousting weapon.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Corbould, Edward Henry, born 1815 - died 1905 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Dimensions

Height: 53.3 cm, Width: 42.5 cm, Height: 75 cm framed, Width: 64 cm framed

Object history note

Purchased, 1981. Painted in Britain by Edward Henry Corbould RI (born in London, 1815, died there in 1905)

Descriptive line

Oil painted entitled 'A knight entering the lists at Eglinton Tournament' by Edward Henry Corbould. Great Britain, ca. 1840.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 51-52
Courbould, E. H. The Tournament at Eglington Castle in 1840,
Anstruther. The Knight and the Umbrella: An Account of the Eglington Tournament, 1839, 1963
Van Dyck in Check Trousers Scottish National POrtrait Gallery, 1978, pp.10-114
1839, a Gothic adventure Kilmarnock: The Dick Institute, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9550546-4-8.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
By the 1830s tales of romance and chivalry inspired an interest in the costume and events of the Middle Ages. This painting shows Lord Archibald Eglinton dressed in gold armour at the tournament which he hosted in 1839. Eglinton and his guests dressed themselves in Medieval-style costumes, and took part in processions and competitions. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Knights in armour; Jousting; Armour; Tournament; Horses

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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