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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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Washington Post (blog)

Washington Post (blog)
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:24:41 -0800

“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 ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0800

The name Richard Curtis is not among the credits of this sequel to the blockbuster comedy about a group of elderly English folk who travel to India to enjoy low-cost retirement in a ramshackle hotel run by the effervescent entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor ...

Montreal Gazette

Montreal Gazette
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:19:44 -0800

Twain cracked drolleries about everything from stammering to the idiocies of German grammar, while Cable offered readings from his prison-reform novel Dr. Sevier. The Witness was a notoriously sober-sided newspaper, but in any event the real fun, at ...

gulfnews.com

gulfnews.com
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:48:45 -0800

“As a carefully constructed miniaturised universe, The Grand Budapest Hotel is that most Andersonian of endeavours, evincing the deadpan drolleries, screwball action and dollhouse aesthetic that have alternately charmed and chagrined filmgoers for the ...
 
Daily Mail
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:54:32 -0800

The sardonic drolleries prevent this from becoming a genuine adventure yarn. Robert Louis Stevenson's classic has been adapted by Bryony Lavery but at times it feels more like a Radio 4 comedy sketch by Steve Punt. Technical whizzery abounds, director ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:30:13 -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 ...
 
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.

Calgary Herald

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

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