"The Exhibition of the Royal Academy." The Illustrated London News 485.18 (17 May 1851), 416.


Mr. Brown has revived the old poet and the Court of King Edward with a spirit worthy of Sir Walter Scott. He has caught a chivalric and poetic feeling (they are always allied in the highest poetry), and has really represented a scene of great interest much as it probably occurred, and in the style of an artist thoroughly alive to the importance of his subject. Mr. Brown is understood to be one of the Pre-Raphaelite flock, who have strayed from their proper pasture; but in this Chaucer picture there is no Pre-Raphaelite nonsense, while the advantages of having studied in a severer school, of having worked and thought and felt with the Pre-Raphaelites are obvious at every turn. But Mr. Brown has known when to quit a peculiar school; he sees its beauties and its defects, and he knows what to copy and what to reject.

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Copyright © 1999 Thomas J. Tobin.

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