This is a study for the legs of the figure at the bottom left of the painting 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney). In his 1865 solo exhibition catalogue the artist identified him as 'a youthful squire of the kind described by Chaucer as never sleeping at nights, 'more doth the nightingale,' so much he is always in love ('The Exhibition of Work and other Paintings,' 1865, p. 4). Like the drapery study for the Black Prince, executed the same year (1906P785), this drawing is in black chalk and heightened with white, showing Brown's preoccupation with recreating the effect of bright sunlight in the painting.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/51
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1851 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.36
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 65

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