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Page from a 14th-century Psalter, showing a drollery on the right margin.
Drollery detail from The Rylands Haggadah
For the type of humor, see Droll humor. For the short comical sketch from the 17-th century, see Droll.

Drolleries (or drollery), often called a grotesque, are decorative thumbnail images in the margins of Illuminated manuscripts, most popular from about 1250 through the 15th century, though found earlier and later. The most common types of drollery images appear as mixed creatures, either between different animals, or between animals and human beings, or even between animals and plants or inorganic things. Examples include cocks with human heads, dogs carrying human masks, archers winding out of a fish’s mouth, bird-like dragons with an elephant’s head on the back. Often they have a thematic connection with the subject of the text of the page, and larger miniatures, and they usually form part of a wider scheme of decorated margins, though some are effectively doodles added later.

One manuscript, The Croy Hours, has so many it has become known as The Book of Drolleries.

Another manuscript that contains many drolleries is the Luttrell Psalter, which has hybrid creatures and other monsters on a great deal of the pages.

References[edit]

  • Michelle P. Brown (1994), Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, ISBN 0-89236-217-0

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:22:30 -0800

After setting out the terms of an interesting argument, the book becomes a series of magazine-style travelogues, all of them immensely enjoyable, though magazine-style travelogues nonetheless. There are dozens of drolleries and amusing asides – Engel ...
 
Rhode Island Public Radio
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:43:22 -0700

Beneath his florid, sometimes rambling drolleries, a reader found grand nuggets of wisdom. ``He was interested in just about everything,'' said Jean Plunkett, one of his former editors at the ProJo. ``He treated the janitor the same way he treated the ...
 
OCRegister
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:17:51 -0700

She brings out the humor in Lucy's omniscience, and engages Freeman's professor in some deadpan drolleries. Not playing God for a change, Freeman is a cosmic straight man, as charming and unflappable as that other show-biz God, George Burns.

Washington Post

Washington Post
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:02:16 -0700

As a carefully constructed miniaturized universe, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is that most Andersonian of endeavors, evincing the deadpan drolleries, screwball action and dollhouse aesthetic that have alternately charmed and chagrined filmgoers for the ...
 
MassLive.com
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:58:29 -0700

As a carefully constructed miniaturized universe, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is that most Andersonian of endeavors, evincing the deadpan drolleries, screwball action and dollhouse aesthetic that have alternately charmed and chagrined filmgoers for the ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:06:56 -0700

Westminster's whiskered fixer has quit. MPs were yesterday given the sorry news that Sir Robert Rogers, Clerk of the Commons, is to 'surrender his warrant to Her Majesty the Queen'. Sir Robert does so after a behind-the-scenes career of 42 years which ...

Calgary Herald (blog)

Calgary Herald (blog)
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:42:29 -0700

He has a rich upper register, a sense of the comical and the ludicrous, and moreover, an ability to convey irony with a side-dish of pathos, the perfect qualities for Masetto, and for Poulenc's drawing-room drolleries. However, keep your eyes and ears ...
 
Flavorwire
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0700

These are the types of modern kvetches you hear any good citizen of Brooklyn bringing up when trying to plan for their free time off, and who isn't “diverted by the drolleries of certain comedians” these days? “Musings of a Connoisseur” is undoubtedly ...
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