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The Eglinton Tournament Watercolours

Eglinton Tournament

19th century Europe was a time of surging industrial progress and social reform. The seemingly unstoppable momentum of this change caused many traditionalists to look backwards towards the simplicity and tradition of the middle-ages generating a romantic Victorian fascination with all things medieval and led to the most creative artistic and architectural period of modern times. This Gothic Revival culminated in 1839 with the staging of a full-blown medieval tournament which directed the gaze of the world towards the estate of the 13th Earl of Eglinton in Ayrshire. The event was captured in all its pomp and glory by the artist James Henry Nixon. Explore his work and learn more of the event and its background through this interactive.

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