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Brown rarely worked in watercolour unlike his friend Rossetti. This small, detailed painting shows the upper half of the picture 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) and it seems likely that it was executed after the completion of the painting rather than as a study for it. Brown discusses one other watercolour version in his diary which he sold to the artist Mark Anthony in 1854. However, Mary Bennett has discovered that this sketch measured 20 x 13 ½ inches and was later retouched by Brown, which implies that it is not the Birmingham version. The style of the watercolour may even suggest that it is a contemporary copy after Brown. He had a number of studio assistants, who may have been set to copy the completed painting, including his children Oliver, Lucy and Catherine, and Thomas Seddon and Albert Goodwin, who both helped Brown produce a second smaller version of 'Chaucer at the Court of Edward III' (1851-1868, oil on canvas, Tate London).LM

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Loan Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
53 City of Manchester Art Gallery 1911-09-14 - 1911-11-30
 
Pictures from Birmingham by British Artists
41 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1956-01-01 - 1956-01-01
 
British Watercolours 1790-1930 from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
57 - 1980 - 1981
 
British Watercolours 1750-1900 from Birmingham
92 Tokyo Station Gallery 1991-06-01 - 1991-07-07
92 Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu 1991-07-12 - 1991-08-18
92 Daimaru Museum, Umeda 1991-08-21 - 1991-09-02
92 Yamanashi Prefecture Museum of Art, Kofu 1991-09-07 - 1991-10-20
92 Bankside Gallery, London (Royal Watercolour Society) 1992-01-22 - 1992-03-01
92 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1992-03-01 - 1992-01-01
 
Knights: Chivalry, Romance and Legend
- Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1995-09-12 - 1996-02-18
 
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
26 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Loan Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
1911 City of Manchester Art Gallery p. 11
 
British Watercolours 1790-1930 from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Mr Richard Lockett 1980 Lund Humphries, Bradford and London pp. 44-45; repr. p. 45
 
British Watercolours 1750-1900 from Birmingham
Stephen Wildman 1991 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery p. 126; repr. p. 126
 
Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelite History-Picture
Lucy Rabin 1978 Garland Publishing, New York pp. 106-9; repr. pl. 50
 
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London pp. 54. 66; repr. p. 42

Associated people

Name Type
Alice Perrers Associated with
John of Gaunt Associated with
Geoffrey Chaucer Associated with
King Edward III Associated with
The Black Prince Associated with

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