Portrait of Ford Madox Brown

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1821-1893

English Pre-Raphaelite Painter

Ford Madox Brown (April 16, 1821 - October 6, 1893) was an English painter of moral and historical subjects, notable for his distinctively graphic and often Hogarthian version of the Pre-Raphaelite style. While he was closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he was never actually a member. Nevertheless, he remained close to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with whom he also joined William Morris's design company, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., in 1861.

One of his most famous images is The Last of England, a portrait of a pair of stricken emigrants as they sail away on the ship that will take them from England forever. It was inspired by the departure of the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner, who had left for Australia. The painting is structured with Brown's characteristic linear energy, and emphasis on apparently grotesque and banal details, such as the cabbages hanging from the ship's side.

Brown's most important painting was Work (1852 - 1865), which he showed at a special exhibition. It attempted to depict the totality of the mid-Victorian social experience in a single image, depicting 'navvies' digging up a road, and disrupting the old social hierarchies as they did so. The image erupts into proliferating details from the dynamic centre of the action, as the workers tear a hole in the road and, symbolically, in the social fabric. Each character represents a particular social class and role in the modern urban environment. Brown wrote a catalogue to accompany the special exhibition of Work. This publication included an extensive explanation of Work that nevertheless leaves many questions unanswered.

Brown's major achievement after Work was the "Manchester Murals", a cycle of twelve paintings in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall depicting the history of the city. These present a partly ironic and satirical view of Mancunian history.

His son Oliver Madox Brown (1855-1874) showed promise both as an artist and poet, but died of blood-poisoning.

He was the grandfather of novelist Ford Madox Ford and great-grandfather of Labour Home Secretary Frank Soskice.

35 Ford Madox Brown Paintings

John Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt, c.1847/48 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

John Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the ... c.1847/48

Oil Painting
$1622
Canvas Print
$69.68
SKU: FMB-456
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 119.5 x 153 cm
Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford, United Kingdom

Elijah Restoring the Widow's Son, 1868 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Elijah Restoring the Widow's Son 1868

Oil Painting
$1399
Canvas Print
$67.90
SKU: FMB-457
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: unknown
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

The Last of England, c.1852/55 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Last of England c.1852/55

Oil Painting
$1449
Canvas Print
$94.03
SKU: FMB-458
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 82.5 x 75 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Pretty Baa-Lambs, c.1851/59 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Pretty Baa-Lambs c.1851/59

Oil Painting
$1323
Canvas Print
$79.19
SKU: FMB-459
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 61 x 76.2 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Jesus washing Peter's Feet, c.1852/56 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Jesus washing Peter's Feet c.1852/56

Oil Painting
$1727
Canvas Print
$63.88
SKU: FMB-460
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 118.8 x 133.3 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Self Portrait, 1877 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Self Portrait 1877

Oil Painting
$1426
Canvas Print
$117.95
SKU: FMB-6386
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 76.2 x 64.1 cm
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

La Rose de l'Infante (Effie Stillman), 1876 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

La Rose de l'Infante (Effie Stillman) 1876

Oil Painting
$1171
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: FMB-6387
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 46 x 35.9 cm
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Waiting: an English Fireside of 1854-55, c.1851/55 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Waiting: an English Fireside of 1854-55 c.1851/55

Oil Painting
$1029
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: FMB-6388
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 30.5 x 20 cm
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Work, 1863 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Work 1863

Canvas Print
$49.94
SKU: FMB-6389
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 137 x 197.3 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Chaucer at the Court of Edward III, c.1847/51 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Chaucer at the Court of Edward III c.1847/51

Oil Painting
$7525
Canvas Print
$72.62
SKU: FMB-6390
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 372 x 296 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

The Last of England, 1860 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Last of England 1860

Oil Painting
$1426
Canvas Print
$50.45
SKU: FMB-6391
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 47.7 x 43.8 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cromwell, Protector of the Vaudois, 1877 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Cromwell, Protector of the Vaudois 1877

Oil Painting
$1961
Canvas Print
$95.51
SKU: FMB-6392
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 86 x 107 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Prisoner of Chillon, 1843 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Prisoner of Chillon 1843

Oil Painting
$995
Canvas Print
$83.38
SKU: FMB-6393
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 53.2 x 64.9 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manfred on the Jungfrau, c.1840/61 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Manfred on the Jungfrau c.1840/61

Oil Painting
$1277
Canvas Print
$60.16
SKU: FMB-6394
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 140.2 x 115 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Byron's Dream, 1874 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Byron's Dream 1874

Oil Painting
$1328
Canvas Print
$78.01
SKU: FMB-6395
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 71.5 x 54.8 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Proclamation Regarding Weights and Measures, 1889 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Proclamation Regarding Weights and Measures 1889

Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: FMB-6396
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 26.2 x 56.9 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Crabtree Watching the Transit of Venus in 1639, c.1881/88 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Crabtree Watching the Transit of Venus in 1639 c.1881/88

Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: FMB-6397
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 26.4 x 55.9 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Out of Town, 1858 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Out of Town 1858

Oil Painting
$964
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: FMB-6398
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 23.2 x 14.4 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet, 1876 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet 1876

Oil Painting
$1767
Canvas Print
$64.31
SKU: FMB-6399
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 48.6 x 54.8 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Spirit of Justice, Undated by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Spirit of Justice Undated

Paper Print
$48.82
SKU: FMB-6400
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 75.7 x 51.7 cm
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Jacob and Joseph's Coat, 1871 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Jacob and Joseph's Coat 1871

Oil Painting
$2392
Canvas Print
$70.33
SKU: FMB-6401
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 55.9 x 52.1 cm
Private Collection

Convalescent (Emma), 1872 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Convalescent (Emma) 1872

Paper Print
$54.66
SKU: FMB-6402
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: unknown
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Work, 1863 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

Work 1863

Canvas Print
$72.36
SKU: FMB-6403
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 68.4 x 99 cm
Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Irish Girl, 1860 by Ford Madox Brown | Painting Reproduction

The Irish Girl 1860

Oil Painting
$964
Canvas Print
$48.20
SKU: FMB-6404
Ford Madox Brown
Original Size: 28.5 x 27.3 cm
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

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