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When and Where was Ford Maddox Brown Born?

16th April 1821, Calais, France.

Family Background:

Brown was the son of a ship's purser.


Studied art in Antwerp under Baron Waupers. Also at Bruges, Paris and Rome.

Chronology/Biography of Ford Maddox Brown:

1841: Brown establishes himself as a history painter and completes "Manfred on the Jungfrau" in Paris. Also works on "The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots".

1845: Visits Italy and was bowled over by the richness of colour in Italian masterpieces which led him to increase his own tonal range.

1846: Settles in England. Becomes a friend of the Pre-Raphaelites but is never a member of the Brotherhood. Dante Gabriel Rossetti works in his studio as he is initially impressed by his colour work.

1851: Brown paints "Chaucer Reciting his Poetry".

1852: Begins his elaborate masterpiece "Work" which he completes in 1863.

1855: Paints "The Last of England".

1861: Brown becomes a founder member with William Morris of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company which was later to become Morris and Company. He produced several furniture and stained glass designs for the company. Paints his other major mature painting "Christ Washing Peter's Feet".

1892: Produces twelve frescoes for Manchester Town Hall.


1. To Elisabeth Bromley on 3rd April 1841 at the Parish Church in Meopham.
2. To Emma Hill on 5th April 1853 at St. Dunstan in the West, Fleet Street, London.

When and Where did he Die?

6th October 1893, London, England.

Age at Death:


Site of Grave:

St. Pancras Cemetery, London, next to his second wife Emma and two children.

Places of Interest:


Museum and Art Gallery. ("The Last of England") (copy of "Work")


Walker Art Gallery


Tate Britain


Manchester Town Hall (Murals)
Manchester City Art Gallery. ("Work")
Whitworth Art Gallery


Castle Art Gallery, Nottingham


Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton


Aberdeen Art Gallery

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