This is one of two studies in Birmingham's collection for the legs of the poets in Ford Madox Brown's abandoned triptych 'The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry' begun in 1845. From the pose it is most likely to be for the legs of the poet Milton as he appears in the right wing of the oil study now in the Ashmolean Museum. The wings were later discarded and the central panel became 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney).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
Ford M Brown London
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1847 There is more writing on the right but it is hidden by the mount.. 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. 32
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p.64

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John Milton Associated with

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