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Pencil Drawing - Chaucer's Man of Laws Tale - Design

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P35
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1862 - 1864

Maker Information

Artist:Sir Edward Burne-Jones - View biography for Sir Edward Burne-Jones


A drawing for Chaucer's 'Man of Law's Tale', which tells of a group of rich merchants from Syria who visit Rome, where they heard of the beauty of the daughter of the Emperor Constance. On their return they described her beauty with the help of a portrait.

The sultan is represented here as young and beardless, with an empty scroll along the bottom of the drawing. In the other drawing for this subject in Birmingham's collection the sultan is depicted as older and bearded.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on paper.

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Height:350 mm
Width:209 mm