By now it’s probably no secret that I’m in love with Richard Doyle, the early Victorian illustrator. This sketch is a copy of his watercolor “She hid behind a rosebush”, which is part of a series of illustrations intended for a story called “The Eagle’s Bride”. I’ve never been able to find out anything about this story – apparently it was never published. And apart from this one watercolour, I’ve only ever seen the preliminary sketches in one of Doyle’s sketchbooks from the mid-1840s.
Judging from those sketches, “The Eagle’s Bride” is a story I would have loved to read. I mean, dashing knight finds damsel in distress cowering behind a rosebush and rescues her – what’s not to like? (Apart from the colour of my horse’s head and the shadows on my knight’s suit of armour, that is. *g*)