King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid

King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, ROI, RWS 1871-1945

Pen and ink

signed and dated 1909, labelled

13 ¾ x 10 ½ inches

Exhibited Coronation Exhibition, 1911, no. 3

The Coronation Exhibition (celebrating that of George V) was held in White City on the site in London now occupied by the BBC. The legend of King Cophetua, made famous by Burne-Jones's painting of 1884, was of the King who fell in love with a beggar girl, Penelophon, and made her his Queen. — Rupert Maas

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