Geoffrey Chaucer Reading the “Legend of Custance” to Edward III and his Court, at the Palace of Sheen, on the Anniversary of the Black Prince's Forty-fifth Birthday

Ford Madox Brown


Physical Description

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 146 1/2 x 116 1/2 in; 372 x 296 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1845-1851
Exhibition History: Royal Academy 1851 (no. 380)


Current Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Scholarly Commentary


The original study for this monumental work, now titled The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry, was a triptych depicting Milton, Spenser and Shakespeare in the left panel, and Byron, Pope and Burns in the right. In the finished work only the center panel remained, focusing on Geoffrey Chaucer reading to the court of Edward III with the Black Prince standing at his left. In his Pre-Raphaelitism , William Holman Hunt illustrates the original tripartite sketch, now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.


Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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