An Archery Lesson, 19th c English http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/13635/lot/288/
Mrs Daffodil does not often dwell on the past, but this is the anniversary of the Battle of Crecy, when our English long bowmen so decisively dispatched the French. Naturally, one’s thoughts turn to the sport of archery, much enjoyed by the English ladies, and requiring a special costume.
We hear first from Mr Hansard, the author of The Book of Archery, on the appropriate garb for a “fair toxophilite.” (Mrs Daffodil cannot hear the latter word without thinking of some useful poison.)
The presence of woman is now regarded as indispensable to the perfect enjoyment of these genuine fêtes champêtres; for the trim shaft, launched from the hand of some fair toxophilite, faultless in face and figure, inspires us with an enthusiasm which belongs not to the most adroit display of archery in the other sex.
“To sport the gay sash of Toxophilite…
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