Thursday, August 27, 2009
Ford Madox Brown - Chaucer at the Court of Edward III
oil on canvas
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
(on the replica in the Tate Gallery)
The studies for this complex picture began in the 1840's, and originally it was ging to be a triptych. It was painted not long after he came under the influence of the PRB (though never actually a member) and its tonal range and use of natural sunlight reflect this. Ford carefully researched the costumes and it is full of rich details. It was exhibited in 1865 and was rightly very popular.