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.
to see an interactive exhibition of the exhibition.