This is one of several drawings Ford Madox Brown made of illustrations in Camille Bonnard's 'Costumes Historiques,' 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 this drawing as the basis for the costume of an archbishop who appears in two early compositional studies for the painting 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. However, this figure was changed to a cardinal in the final painting (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney).LM

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


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Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Archévéque MCCCC 70 / Rome / /45
Date bottom left Handwritten 1845 Archévéque MCCCC, in reverse.. 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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