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|Collection:||Fine Art Prints and Drawings|
|Date:||1847 - 1847|
|Artist:||Ford Madox Brown - View biography for Ford Madox Brown|
This is a drapery study for Brown's proposed triptych 'The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry.' The central panel of the triptych was a depiction of Chaucer reading to Edward III and his court. This was flanked by two wings filled with the figures of great English poets. A small oil study for the triptych is now at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He began studies for the painting whilst in Rome in 1845. However, he subsequently realised the project was too big and abandoned the wings. The central panel became 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney). This drawing is for the figure of John Milton (1608-1674)who was one of the poets in the left wing of the triptych. In old age Milton went blind and Brown depicts him at this stage of his life holding a stick to feel his way forward.
|Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.|
|Production Period:||19th century|
|Medium:||Black chalk on paper.|