Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 233 (appendix no. 1).
“Magnificent in shining armour over a coat of mail and wearing a plumed helmet with the visor up
displaying a handsome profile, Ivahnoe is in the act of accepting an emblazoned shield from a
squire who stands looking at him, hand on hip. In the background an embroidered hanging (and two
unfinished ones) looped with tassels seems to indicate a tenet; further squires with shields and
spears stand waiting without. Scribbles of heads, all in profile to left on a larger scale,
occupy the centre of the page” (Surtees, I. 233).
WMR's inscription on the reverse is: “By Gabriel c. 1839”.
The scene is an imagining taken from either the tournament of Ashby (Volume I chapter 8) or
the trial by combat at Templestowe (volume III chapter 13). In fact the arming of Ivanhoe is not
described in either chapter, so DGR is creating a representation of an implied event.