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Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Ariadne and Lucretia

Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Ariadne and Lucretia, 1864

Sepia wash, over pencil on brown washed paper.
465mm x 489mm
drawing? from/ buildings up/ Ard./N 3/ Imago Ariadnes Mart/ Imago Lucretiae Mart/ lining/ lining/SP12.?
Presented by Subscribers, 1903

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Design of two young women, on the left Ariadne carrying ball of wool, and on the right Lucretia carrying a sword.


Exhibition History

1980 Fitzwilliam Museum
1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
1992 Mole Antonelliana
1996 Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
1996 Burton Art Gallery, Bideford
1996-97 Cartwright Hall, Bradford
2007-08 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; Leighton House Museum, London


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p. 133.
Richard Myers and Hilary Myers. William Morris Tiles. Richard Dennis, Somerset: 1996. fig. 128.
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. 64, B63.

Research Information:

This is one of seven drawings at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery for Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women', six of which were used for the bay window of the Combination Room, Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery also has in its collection, a drapery study for the figure of 'Lucretia', circa 1863 (1904P15), and a finished watercolour of the same, dated 1867 (1931P61).