George Tuberville, The Noble Art of Venerie or Hunting, 1611 - A royal picnic, p.91.

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Date:1611

Description:A picnic for Shakespeare's royal patron.

Among the many engravings of huntsmen and their dogs that illustrate Turberville’s book of the chase, is this of the mid-day break for a meal with wine, cold chicken and meats to be served to a royal hunting party. King James I is at the centre of the woodland scene, while other courtiers relax around him. The scene is similar to that in Love’s Labour’s Lost (4,1, lines 7-12) where the Princess of France practices her archery in the royal park, or where Duke Senior in the Forest of Arden in As You Like It suggests a hunt: ‘Come, shall we go and kill us venison?' (2,1, line 21).


Full title: George Turberville, The noble art of venerie or hunting. Wherein is handled and set out the virtues, nature, and properties of fifteene sundry chaces, together with the order and manner how to hunt and kill every one of them. Translated & collected for the pleasure of all noblemen and gentlemen, out of the best approved authors and reduced into order and termes as are used in Great Britaine. At London, printed by Thomas Purfoot, 1611.

This second edition has the woodcuts altered to include King James I in place of Queen Elizabeth I who had been depicted in the first.


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