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Chalk Drawing - Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the Bible - Study of Drapery for Chaucer

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P731
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1847 - 1847

Maker Information

Artist:Ford Madox Brown - View biography for Ford Madox Brown


This is a drapery study for Brown's painting 'Wycliffe reading his Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt, in the Presence of Chaucer and Gower' (1848, oil on canvas, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford). The fact that this figure has no head and no hands suggests that Brown was using a lay figure. There are many entries in his diary which record the vast amount of time he spent carefully arranging fabric on a dummy in preparation for drapery studies.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black chalk on paper.

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Height:350 mm
Width:217 mm