Fantastic scene, in watercolour and pen and ink, by Charles Doyle. Reproduced in Michael Baker’s The Doyle Diary, London: Paddington Press, 1978, plate 45. The inscription reads: ‘You see how it’s quite a mistake to apply the term “waspish” to what’s uncivil, this creature is polite,’ and shows a wasp apparently introducing a goblin to a wingless fairy. This is a page from Doyle’s sketchbook during his time in an asylum, and epitomizes his fascination with word-play combined with fairy imagery.

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Created 15 November 2023