Deer Hunting at Kenilworth Castle

This woodcut appears in The Noble Arte Of Venerie (1576), a text about deerhunting now generally attributed to George Gascoigne.  Scholars now believe this image represents Elizabeth hunting deer at Kenilworth Castle in 1575, while on her summer progress.  Gascoigne was one of the writers for the pageants there, so this represents a rare first-hand act of casual portraiture. Jim Ellis is currently working on a study of gardens and poetry that begins with an account of the entertainment staged for Elizabeth at Kenilworth.