N01839 THE TWO CROWNS 1900
Inscr. ‘Frank Dicksee 1900’ b.r.
Canvas, 91×72 1/2 (231×184).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1900.
Exh: R.A., 1900 (167).
Lit: E. Rimbault Dibdin, ‘Frank Dicksee’ in The Art Annual, 1905, pp.16–18, repr. p.11.
The subject, a medieval king riding home in triumph from victory past a crucifix, does not appear to represent any particular historical event. The moral purpose of this picture contrasts with the pure romance of his earlier ‘Harmony’. It was acclaimed as the best picture of the year by a Daily News plebiscite.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I