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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), Painter and designer

Painter and designer; born 16 April 1821, at Calais. Studied at academies in Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp; first exh. RA 1840, ceased late 1850s; founding partner and designer of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. 1861–74; died 6 October 1893, in London.

Brown painted in the technique of the Pre-Raphaelites but was never a member of the Brotherhood. He found many patrons in the Midlands and North of England.

What struck us at first more than his personal aspect was his slow, deliberate, uniform voice, slow but in no way hesitating, nor wanting in copiousness of discourse.[1]

He was a vigorous-looking young man, with a face full of insight and purpose; thick straight brown hair, fair skin, well-coloured visage, blueish eyes, broad brow, square and rather high shoulders, slow and distinct articulation. His face was good-looking as well as fine; but less decidedly handsome, I think, than it became towards the age of forty. As an old man […] he had a grand patriarchal aspect; his hair, of a pure white, being fully as abundant as when first I knew him, supplemented now by a long beard.[2]

Carol Blackett-Ord

Footnotesback to top

1) Rossetti 1906, vol.1, p.136.
2) Rossetti 1895, vol.1, p.118.

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Angeli 1949
Angeli, H.R., Dante Gabriel Rossetti, His Friends and Enemies, London, 1949.

Barringer 2004
Barringer, T., ‘Brown, Ford Madox (1821–1893)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., May 2005.

Beerbohm 1922
Beerbohm, M., Rossetti and His Circle, London, 1922.

Beerbohm 1987
Beerbohm, M., Rossetti and His Circle, [London, 1922] repr. with additions, New Haven and London, 1987.

Bennett 1988
Bennett, M., Artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Circle: The First Generation. Catalogue of Works in the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley Art Gallery, London, 1988.

Bennett 2010
Bennett, M., Ford Madox Brown: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols, New Haven and London, 2010.

Bills & Webb 2007
Bills, M., and D. Webb, eds, Victorian Artists in Photographs: [The World of G.F. Watts]. Selections from the Rob Dickins Collection, exh. cat., Watts Gallery, Compton, 2007.

Brooke 1994
Brooke, X., Face to Face: Three Centuries of Artists’ Self-Portraiture, exh. cat., Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1994.

Cruise 2011
Cruise, C., Pre-Raphaelite Drawing, London, 2011 (to accompany exh. The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011).

Fredeman 2002–10
Fredeman, W.E., ed., The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 9 vols, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2002–10.

Hart-Davis 1972
Hart-Davis, R., A Catalogue of the Caricatures of Max Beerbohm, London, 1972.

Hueffer 1896
Hueffer, F.M., Ford Madox Brown: A Record of His Life and Works, London, 1896.

Maas 1984
Maas, J., The Victorian Art World in Photographs, London, 1984.

MacCarthy 1994
MacCarthy, F., William Morris: A Life for our Time, London, 1994.

Marsh 1998b
Marsh, J., ‘Rupes Topseia: A New Suggestion’, The Journal of the William Morris Society, vol. 12, no.4, Spring 1998, pp.3–6.

Marsh & Nunn 1997
Marsh, J., and P. Gerrish Nunn, Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists, exh. cat., Manchester City Art Galleries, 1997.

Milner 1995
Milner, F., The Pre-Raphaelites: Pre-Raphaelite Paintings & Drawings in Merseyside Collections, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1995.

Newcastle 1968
Paintings and Drawings from the Leathart Collection, exh. cat., Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1968.

Newman & Watkinson 1991
Newman, T., and R. Watkinson, Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelite Circle, London, 1991.

Parris 1984
Parris, L., ed., The Pre-Raphaelites, exh. cat., Tate, London, 1984.

Reeve & Walford 1863–7
Reeve, L., and E. Walford, eds, Portraits of Men of Eminence in literature, science and art, with biographical memoirs. The photographs from life, by E. Edwards, 6 vols, London, 1863–7.

Rose 1981
Rose, A., Pre-Raphaelite Portraits, Yeovil, Somerset, 1981.

Rossetti 1895
Rossetti, W.M., Dante Gabriel Rossetti: His Family-Letters with a Memoir, 2 vols, London, 1895.

Rossetti 1906
Rossetti, W.M., Some Reminiscences and Other Writings, 2 vols, London, 1906.

Soskice 1921
Soskice, J.M., Chapters from Childhood: Reminiscences of an Artist’s Granddaughter, London, 1921.

Spielmann 1901
Spielmann, M.H., British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-Day, London, 1901.

Surtees 1971
Surtees, V., The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols, Oxford, 1971.

Surtees 1981
Surtees, V., ed., The Diary of Ford Madox Brown, New Haven and London, 1981.

Thirlwell 2003
Thirlwell, A., William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis, New Haven and London, 2003.

Thirlwell 2009
Thirlwell, A., ‘From Paint to Print: Grandfather’s Legacy’ in L. Colombino, ed., Ford Madox Ford and Visual Culture, Amsterdam and New York, 2009.

Thirlwell 2010
Thirlwell, A., Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown, London, 2010.

Treuherz 2011
Treuherz, J., Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer, exh. cat., Manchester Art Gallery, 2011.

Walker 2006
Walker, J.A., Work: Ford Madox Brown’s Painting and Victorian Life, London, 2006.

Wolohojian & Tahinci 2003
Wolohojian, S., and A. Tahinci, eds, A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthop Collection, Harvard University, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2003.