Costume Sketches - Armour and Costume
Accession number: 1906P740
Brown pen and ink over pencil on buff paper.
Width: 225 mm
Height: 363 mm
In conversation with the Fine Art Curator,Tessa Sidey, Mary Bennett has suggested that these costume sketches were studies for 'The Spirit of Justice,' a cartoon Brown entered into the third Competition held in 1845 to select artists to decorate the newly rebuilt Houses of Parliament. The date and location inscribed on the bottom of the sheet 'Paris/44' certainly support this identification. The similarities in subject matter, style and medium between these sketches and another drawing for 'The Spirit of Justice' in the collection, 'Study for the Baron and his advisor' (1905P18), also support her idea. Brown's preoccupation with armour in this sketch must also be related to the row of knights in armour behind the Baron in the cartoon. These sketches are most likely to have been made as part of Brown's research into ancient armour for these figures but the exact source for them has not been identified. LM
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