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Chalk Drawing - Chaucer at the Court of Edward III - Two Hand Studies

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P749
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1847 - 1847

Maker Information

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


In 1845 Brown began work on a large painting called 'The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry.' Initially Brown envisaged a triptych in homage to English poets, the wings filled with famous poets and the central panel depicting Geoffrey Chaucer reading to the Court of Edward III. In the end, the project took too long to complete and Brown abandoned the wings. The central scene became 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney).

These two hand studies are for figures in the central panel and one of the unfinished wings. The top study is for Shakespeare who was depicted in one of the wings holding the masks of comedy and tragedy from strings in his hands. The second hand study is for Gower who sits in the bottom right hand corner of the final painting, animatedly discussing Chaucer's work.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black chalk on paper.
Place of Origin:London, England

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Height:170 mm
Width:238 mm