Griselda

Oil Painting
1840 (painted)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Here Leslie has illustrated a character from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The long-suffering heroine Griselda in 'The Clerk's Tale' was a popular subject with 19th-century artists becuase she represented patience and loyalty, both considered to be desirable character traits in Victorian women, especially wives. The same sitter appears in a different role in Leslie's painting The Toilette (FA.125[O]).


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Griselda', Charles Robert Leslie, 1840
Physical Description
Oil painting
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 25.4cm
  • Estimate width: 20.3cm
Style
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subject depicted
Literary Reference'The Clerk's Tale' from The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Summary
Here Leslie has illustrated a character from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The long-suffering heroine Griselda in 'The Clerk's Tale' was a popular subject with 19th-century artists becuase she represented patience and loyalty, both considered to be desirable character traits in Victorian women, especially wives. The same sitter appears in a different role in Leslie's painting The Toilette (FA.125[O]).
Bibliographic Reference
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 173
Collection
Accession Number
FA.128[O]

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record createdMay 21, 2003
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