Preliminary Sketch for “Griselda’s First Trial of Patience”

Charles West Cope (1811–1890)


Oil wash, mahogany panel

75,5 x 49,5 cm (29 3/4 x 19 1/2")

Provenance: bought as Lot 326, Addison’s, Barnard Castle, 26th June 2014

The Crowther-Oblak Collection of Victorian Art

The picture represents a scene from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, namely, The Clerk’s Tale, Part III: Griselda’s First Trial of Patience. (The story was borrowed by Chaucer himself from Petrarch and Boccaccio). [continued below]

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