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Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Chaucer Asleep

Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Chaucer Asleep, 1864

Pencil on toned paper, laid down.
460mm x 462mm
all this space covered with stone/ red [on shield]/ perhaps this poppy may be red/ Imago/ all this carefully drawn as the stones have been
Presented by Subscribers, 1903.

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Design of the reclining Chaucer sleeping in a garden setting.


Exhibition History

1957 Midlands Area Travelling Exhibition
1980 Fitzwilliam Museum
1984 Whitworth Art Gallery
1991 William Morris Gallery


A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p.132.
A C Sewter . The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle. Yale University Press, New Haven: 1975. Vol. II: p. 45.
John Christian and Stephen Wildman. Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1998. p. 97 (repro).
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, B57.

Research Information:

This is a finished design originally intended, but not finally used, for the bay window in the Combination Room of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, 1869.