Eglinton watercolours by James Henry Nixon

This collection of 20 detailed watercolours record the Eglinton Tournament which took place at Eglinton Castle in North Ayrshire in 1839.


Details

Medium:
Watercolour with gouache Dimensions: 34 x 50 cm
Art Fund grant:
£32,100 ( Total: £85,100; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2009
Vendor:
Abbott & Holder

The Eglinton Tournament was one of the most remarkable and influential manifestations of the Gothic revival in 19th century Britain. The watercolours are in part unfinished, with decorative borders, as they were drawn to be used by Day & Hague for a deluxe folio account of the tournament. Together with 7 heraldic shields from the tournament also acquired with an Art Fund grant, they illustrate an important part of Scotland's social history and Dean Castle can now place them in the context of their fine collection of arms and armour.

Provenance

2-3) DAJ Buxton of Caistor Castle, Norfolk; ET Webster, late 1960s; Abbott & Holder, 2008. Others) Charles James Saville Mongomerie Lamb; Mary Montgomerie Lamb; May Sophie Teresa Harbord; Patience Harbord; estate of Miss Harbord's Housekeeper, 2008; Mellors & Kirk Auctioneers, Nottingham, 2008; Abbott & Holder.

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