In 1834 the Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire and in the following decade there were a series of competitions to chose artists to decorate the new building. In 1847 Sir Joseph Noel Paton submitted the second of these two pictures, The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania. He won a prize but was not given a commission. Parliament's loss is our gain, as the picture now hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. Three years later in 1850, he painted the first of these paintings, The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania - it seems logical to present them here in reverse chronological order. The paintings hang next to each other and apart from the central characters, many other of the little folk appear in both paintings. My photos of the whole pictures aren't that great but you can see a better picture of them on the BBC Your Painting website, here and here. I notice on the site that there is an earlier version (1846) of the reconciliation, here, which has the same basic composition but isn't nearly as busy.
You can spend a long time in front of these paintings, the more you look at the goings on the more you see, smaller and smaller high jinx, and deeper and deeper into the shadows. If you've finished with this painting, you can pop over to Glasgow where this painting with a similar cast of millions is on display. Without further ado. here's my photos of them and a small selection of the details.