Ford Madox Brown

King René‘s Honeymoon


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Ford Madox Brown 1821–1893
Graphite, watercolour, gouache and gum arabic on card
Support: 276 × 186 mm
Purchased 1917

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This watercolour is a replica of the subject Brown painted to decorate a cabinet designed by John Pritchard Seddon, which was made by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company, and is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. At Brown's suggestion, the painted panels were based on imagined incidents in the honeymoon of King Rene of Anjou, as recounted by Walter Scott in his novel 'Anna von Geierstein'. The four panels on the front of the cabinet illustrate King Rene's renowned interest in the arts. Brown chose to evoke Architecture, showing the King considering the plans for his castle. The other three panels were painted by Rossetti (Music) and Burne-Jones (Painting and Sculpture).

Gallery label, September 2004

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