A drawing for Chaucer's 'Man of Law's Tale', which tells of a group of rich merchants from Syria who visit Rome, where they heard of the beauty of the daughter of the Emperor Constance. On their return they described her beauty with the help of a portrait.The sultan is represented here as young and beardless, with an empty scroll along the bottom of the drawing. In the other drawing for this subject in Birmingham's collection the sultan is depicted as older and bearded.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones -


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 109
Hidden Burne-Jones Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Elisa Korb, Tessa Sidey 2007 Dan Giles, Ltd., London p. 65


Charles Fairfax Murray

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