28 Works, December 5th. is Edward Henry Corbould’s day, his art, illustrated with footnotes #245

Edward Henry Corbould (British, 1815–1905)
The Earl of Surrey beholding the Fayre Geraldine in the magic mirror,, c. 1853

Pencil and Watercolor
92.7 x 125.7 cm. (36.5 x 49.5 in.)
Private collection

The curious painting was inspired by an apocryphal episode in the life of the gallant and unfortunate Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey — courtier, soldier and poet at the court of Henry VIII, who was captivated by the childish beauty of Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, known as ‘the fair Geraldine’, and to whose service he had devoted his pen. During his travels the lovesick Surrey pined for his beloved and turned for a cure to Cornelius Agrippa, the celebrated astrologer and student of the occult. Agrippa, who possessed the ability to summon up apparitions, obliged Surrey’s wish to see Geraldine and conjured in a magic mirror the object of his affections. More on The Earl of Surrey ‘beholding the Fayre Geraldine in the magic mirror’

Edward Henry Corbould, R.I. (5 December 1815, in London — 18 January 1905, in London) was a British artist, noted as a historical painter and watercolourist…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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