This is one of several drawings Brown made of illustrations in Camille Bonnard's 'Costume Historique,' a sourcebook of Medieval costumes printed between 1829 and 1830. The book had lavish, hand coloured plates with accompanying texts describing the costumes and their sources. Brown copied this illustration from a copy of the book owned by the British Academy whilst he was in Rome in 1845. He used his drawings as the basis for several of the costumes in his painting 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney)although no figure wearing these clothes appears in the final version.LM

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


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Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Seigneur de Rimini / MCCCC Rome/45
Inscription below image Handwritten 1845 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. 47
Roger Smith 1973, issue 7 - pp. 28-37
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 66

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