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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

Chaucer's 'Man of Laws Tale' - Design
 

Chaucer's 'Man of Laws Tale' - Design, 1862 - 1864

Medium:
Brown wash over pencil, with scratching out.
Dimensions:
500mm x 256mm
Provenance:
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

Accession Number:

1904P34

Description:

Sultan of Syria viewing a portrait of Constance, daughter of the Emperor of Rome.

 

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 109.
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey.Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 65, B68.

Research Information:

This drawing has been identified as deriving from Chaucer's 'Man of Law's Tale', which tells of a group of rich merchants from Syria who visit Rome, where they heard of the beauty of the daughter of the Emperor Constance. On their return they described her beauty with the help of a portrait. See also 1904P35.