Bavaria, from Pictures of Extra Articles and Visitors to the Exhibition
Richard Doyle (British, London 1824–1883 London)
Dalziel Brothers (British, active 1839–1893)
Chapman and Hall (London)
sheet: 4 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (12.1 x 35.3 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1963
Not on view
London's Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was held in 1851 at the Crystal Palace, a huge glass-and-cast-iron hall specially erected in Hyde Park. International displays devoted to art, technology, and manufacturing delighted six million visitors over a five-month period. Humorist Richard Doyle commemorated the multinational character of the event with a panoramic wood engraving that gently makes fun of the participants. Eight panels approach nine feet in length when fully opened, but fold neatly into cardboard covers and can be viewed a few at a time. This fifth scene devoted to Bavaria, still an independent kingdom at this date, represents figures dancing around a huge stein of beer, near an energetic brass band. Doyle used a medley of stereotypes to comment ironically on the fair's vaunted internationalism.
Lincoln Kirstein (American, 1907–1996); Donor: Lincoln Kirstein (American, 1907–1996)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine," September 13, 2011–March 4, 2012.