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Chalk Drawing - Chaucer at the Court of Edward III - Drapery Study for the Black Prince

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P783
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1848 - 1848

Maker Information

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


The Birmingham collection holds two drapery studies for the Black Prince which were executed three years apart (see also 1906P785). Brown put aside 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) while working on several other pictures but took it up again in 1850. This chalk drawing is the earlier of the two studies and it is likely that Brown is referring to it when he notes in his diary that he used a model named 'Maitland & made a drawing of the surcoat of black Prince' (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' p. 41).

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black chalk, touches of white on brown toned paper.

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Height:206 mm
Width:165 mm

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