The Burgesses of Calais

Henry George Holiday (1839-1927)

1859

Oil on canvas

99 x 74 cm

Collection: Guildhall Art Gallery

Presented by R. W. Allars, 1914

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Although the painting portrays a similar situation that Millais made popular in A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew's Day refusing to shield himself from danger by wearing a Roman Catholic badge and The Black Brunswicker, the work resembles the work of the Early Netherlandish painters of the fifteenth century upon whom Holman Hunt drew for inspiration. The landscape seen through a window — a standard Northern Renaissance device — appears later in Hunt's The Shadow of Death.

Courtesy of the City of London Corporation