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Chaucer at the Court of Edward III by Ford Madox Brown

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  FordMadox Brown Painter (England 16 Apr 1821 – 06 Oct 1893) Chaucer at the Court of Edward III by Ford Madox Brown, Start Date: 1847, Completion Date: 1851, Oil on Canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Domain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia  <--- According to Arthur Hughes,  “I shall always remember my first sight of him some forty years ago, in a vast studio he had, behind a house on the right-hand side of Newman Street, a part of which Gabriel Rossetti was using. It was to see Rossetti that I was taken by my friend, Alec Munro, the sculptor, and greatly impressed I was by the mysterious studio all darkened by the great canvas Brown was at work upon of Chaucer at the court of Edward III. (Gabriel Rossetti being the model for Chaucer), and which afterwards seemed to fill almost the whole side of the middle room of the Royal Academy in Trafalgar Square, and which, to complete in time, Brown worked upon continuously the last three days and nights. Howe

Simply the Beauty of the paintings of George Sheridan Knowles (British, 1863–1931)

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Painter in oil and watercolor of genre and historical subjects. Born in Manchester on 25th November 1863. Studied at Manchester School of Art, and at the Royal Academy Schools in 1884. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885. Elected R.B.A. in 1889, and R.I. in 1892. Represented in several public collections. Lived in London and died on 15th March 1931. R.B.A.: Royal Society of British Artists R.I.: Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Biographical source: Grant M. Waters, 'Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950'.   George Sheridan Knowles Glasgerion 1897 Glasgerion - was based upon the following: DESCRIPTION: The king's daughter declares her love for Glasgerion and invites him to her bed. He tells his servant of the tryst. The boy sneaks in in his stead. When the lady learns this, she kills herself. Glasgerion kills the lad, (then himself) AUTHOR: unknown EARLIEST DATE: c. 1640 KEYWORDS: nightvisit love sex betrayal death suicid

Upcoming Auction: Portrait of May Morris by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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  Portrait of May Morris (1861-1938) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) red and black chalk over pencil, Sothebys, London, 2014 The following extracts come from the catalogue British & Irish Art upcoming Sotheby's, London, auction on 10 December 2014, pp. 22-23, May Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.   "May Morris was the younger daughter of Rossetti’s closest friend, the designer William Morris and his wife, Jane, a woman with whom Rossetti was passionately in love in his widowhood and who inspired many of his greatest works. Rossetti was very fond of May and her sister Jenny, who helped to fill the void left by the infant death of his only child; in the late 1860s he wrote of Jenny who spent most of her life as an invalid, ‘I ought to have had a little girl older than she is’.   At one point Rossetti even half-seriously considered trying to adopt May in whom he saw a streak of the genius that made her father one of the most remarkably talented men of