Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Frederick Brown (1851-1941), Painter and teacher
Physically, Brown was described as ‘lean and spare’ and temperamentally ‘rock-like’ but possessing ‘deep sincerity and sympathy’ beneath ‘a somewhat severe exterior’. According to one student, he was ‘a rather grim figure in a black frock-coat’, with prominent jaw muscles, ‘as if his teeth were permanently clenched, [which] gave him the look of one who would stand no nonsense. Nor would he.’ His friend Dugald Sutherland MacColl, however, said that Brown had ‘the art of ruling a school without appearing to use any means of discipline … [moreover] teaching itself would appear to be a pleasure to him, from the steady and equal attention he bestows on his least promising pupils’.
Dr Jan Marsh
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Referencesback to topBaker 2004a
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Charlton, G., ‘Brown, Frederick (1851–1941)’, DNB, Oxford, 1959.
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MacColl, D.S., ‘Professor Brown: Teacher and Painter’, Magazine of Art, September 1894, pp.403–10.
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PCF (Slade and UCL) 2005
Public Catalogue Foundation, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in London: The Slade School of Fine Art and University College London Art Collections, London, 2005.
Schwabe, R., ‘Three Teachers: Brown, Tonks and Steer’, Burlington Magazine, June 1943, pp.141–5.