The Spirit of Chivalry
Date Made/Found: about 1845
, Irish, 1806 - 1870
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 1551 x 1145 x 115mm
Sight size: 1258 x 848mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.1441
Daniel Maclise was invited to submit designs to decorate the newly built Houses of Parliament. The Spirit of Chivalry is a study for one of the frescos which were on the themes of Religion, Chivalry and Justice. The idea of chivalry has its origins in medieval history.
The Victorians romanticised this era associating it with the legends of King Arthur. Maclise represents the Spirit of Chivalry with an idealised figure of a queen or Madonna, flanked by figures personifying military, religious and civil powers.