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Chalk Drawing - Chaucer at the Court of Edward III - Study for Squire's Legs

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P786
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1851 - 1851

Maker Information

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


This is a study for the legs of the figure at the bottom left of the painting 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney). In his 1865 solo exhibition catalogue the artist identified him as 'a youthful squire of the kind described by Chaucer as never sleeping at nights, 'more doth the nightingale,' so much he is always in love ('The Exhibition of Work and other Paintings,' 1865, p. 4). Like the drapery study for the Black Prince, executed the same year (1906P785), this drawing is in black chalk and heightened with white, showing Brown's preoccupation with recreating the effect of bright sunlight in the painting.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black chalk heightened with white on brown paper.


Height:230 mm
Width:232 mm