This is a drapery study for Brown's large painting 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney). It is a study for the elderly, bearded man sitting on the far left of the composition between the man wearing a hood and the ill-tempered courtier. Although he is depicted in a different costume in the final version the pose closely matches that of the same figure in an early study also in the collection (1906P766). Brown's diary entry for 26 September 1847 may well relate to this drawing: 'Finished the drawing of the Hood & a drawing of the cloak for one of the men next to him, "Chamberlain" (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' p. 7).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/47
Signature and date bottom right 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. 41
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 65

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