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Chairing the Feathers; The Eynsham Morris at the Gates of Blenheim Palace

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The figure depicts ‘Feather’ Russell, the foreman for the Eynsham Morris side pre-First World War, carried on the shoulders of two dancers at the gates of Blenheim Palace. Holding a stick with a pig’s bladder attached, Russell is ‘the fool’, hitting the men with the stick if they miss a step and stopping the ritual from becoming too serious. Behind Russell a small child sits on the shoulders of another dancer.

English Folk Dance and Song Society





oil on canvas


H 114 x W 92 cm (E)

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gift from The Morris Ring

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