Cecil Doughty (biography)Medium:
Pen & Ink Wash on BoardSize:
13" x 17" (325mm x 420mm)Date:
Signed by artist bottom leftThis is the Signed unique original Pen & Ink Wash by Cecil Doughty.
The Feast of the Swans was a chivalric celebration of the knighting of 267 men at Westminster Abbey on 22 May 1306. It followed a proclamation by Edward I that all esquires eligible for knighthood should come to Westminster to be knighted in turn by their future king, and to march with him against the Scots. The King first knighted his son Edward II who in turn knighted the 266 others.
At the feast that followed the king had two swans brought in. He swore before God and the swans to avenge the murder of John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch and the desecration of Greyfriars Church in Dumfries by the Earl of Carrick Robert Bruce.
This beautiful pen and ink wash by Cecil Doughty shows the two swans bound in netting and the Young Prince of Wales swearing his vengeance.