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Brown drew these figures whilst in Rome in 1845. He copied the majority of the figures from Camille Bonnard's 'Costume Historique' published in Paris (1829-30). The drawing of the head in the top right hand corner is a copy of an illustration in J. R. Planché's 'British Costume: a complete History of the Dress of the Inhabitants of the British Isles' (1834). It was used as the blue-print for a hood which Brown had made up and used for two figures in Chaucer at the Court of Edward III (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney). The Birmingham collection holds a drapery study of this hood (1906P777). It was common for Victorian artists to refer to historical sourcebooks to make their paintings as historically accurate as possible.LM

Brown drew these figures whilst in Rome in 1845. He copied them from Camille Bonnard's 'Costume Historique' published in Paris (1829-30). The figures depicted are Petrarch, Cimbue, a young French man and pages in thirteeth and fourteenth-century costume. Roger Smith correctly noted that Brown based the hooded figure from his painting 'Chaucer Reading at the Court of King Edward III' (1845-51; Art gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) on the figure of Cimbue from his tracings. The drawing of the head of the Count of Flanders in the top right hand corner is a copy of the an illustration in J. R. Planche's 'British Costume: a complete history of the dress of the inhabitants of the British Isles' (1834). It was common for Victorian artists to refer to sourcebooks to make their paintings as historically accurate as possible.

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

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Petraque MCCC / MCCC Cimabue / Hood & Lirilipipe of a count of Flanders / Page MCCC / Jeune Francais MCC/ MCCC Page / Pages / Rome/45
Date bottom left Handwritten 1845 Brown ink.
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
6 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14
 

Literature

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
 
Costume
Roger Smith 1973, issue 7 - pp. 28-37; repr. p. 29
 
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London pp. 50, 66; repr. p. 43

Associated people

Name Type
Camille Bonnard Author

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