“The sense of clown as referring to a professional or habitual fool or jester developed soon after 1600, based on Elizabethan rustic fool characters such as Shakespeare’s. The harlequinade developed in England in the 17th century, inspired by Arlecchino and the commedia dell’arte.” – Wikipedia
They say, face your fears. Always terrified of clowns (who isn’t?), I decided to take them head-on by sketching them in evocative old-world hues. So, flipping my fear into the flounce of their collars and costumes, I managed to conjure up a troop that stirs merriment!