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Earl of Leicester's visit to Amy Robsart at Cumnor Place; illustration of a passage from Sir Walter Scott's novel, 'Kenilworth', published 1821, showing the interior of a large house, Leicester sitting on seat with Amy Robsart kneeling beside him, asking him the meaning of the orders he wears, in an antechamber right a lady and gentleman talking. 1824 or 1826
Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey-brown paper
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Height: 232 millimetres
Width: 358 millimetres
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- In his catalogue of the British drawings in the collection, L. Binyon correctly records the dates for this artist as 1778-1865. This artist, Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle was born in Lille and came to England around 1816 and the following year began to exhibit historical paintings at the British Institute and Royal Academy. His family came to England with him, including his son, Henry Joseph Fradelle (1805-1872), who assisted his father and became mainly a portrait painter. (Information on the artists and their dates kindly provided by Professor Francois Grosjean, a descendant of the artists, 31 10 04, see note in dossier).
The present drawing is by the father, is signed and dated 1824 or 1826 (the last number is difficult to read) and is either a study for the painting of this title he exhibited at the British Institute in 1825 or a drawing made for the engraving by Charles Turner (see 1872,0413.566). The painting was exhibited at the British Institute in 1825 as number 81 with the following passage from Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Kenilworth' of 1821: 'But this other fair collar, so richly wrought with some jewel, like a sheep hung by the middle attached to it; what' said the Countess,' does that emblem signify?' The order Leicester wears is the Order of the Golden Fleece.
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Associated Title: Kenilworth (1821)
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