Date and Place of Birth:
16th April 1821, Calais, France.
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
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
Date and Place of Death:
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
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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