This is one of several studies for the figure of Constance, Princess of Castile León, and John of Gaunt's second wife (1354-1394). The child sitting on her knee is Katherine, their only daughter, who later married Henry III, King of Castile and León. The sitters are most likely to be 'Mrs Yates & child' who Brown records in his diary, came to model for him on 20 December 1847. On 28 January 1848 her husband posed for the head of Chaucer and on 29 January Brown 'made a drawing of her hand & her child' (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' pp. 21 and 27).LM

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
London F. M. Brown 1847
Signature and date below image Handwritten 1847 Brown ink.


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. 39
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 70

Associated people

Name Type
Constance, Duchess of Lancaster Depicted
Katherine, Queen of Castile and León -

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