Executed less than a month after the wedding of Ford Madox Brown and Emma Hill on 5 April 1853, the drawing shows a rather apprehensive looking Emma with deep shadow cast by the lamp-light around her face. It remained in Brown's possession for the rest of his life. Rossetti, along with Thomas Seddon, had been a witness at the wedding. Emma came from a poor farming background, but had already modelled for her future husband's paintings 'The Last of England' and 'The Pretty Baa-Lambs'. Here Rossetti controls his use of the pen to capture a closely-observed appearance that is more about realism than flattery. He had been a pupil of Madox Brown in 1848.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
monogram 1st May / 53
Monogram bottom centre Handwritten - Ink


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
56 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Paintings and Drawings of the 1860s Period
206(i) Tate Gallery, London 1923-04-27 - 1923-07-29
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
210 City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
Paintings and Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Followers
99 Russell-Coates Art Gallery, Bournemouth 1951-06-04 - 1951-08-07
An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Victorian Artists in England
110 Ottawa National Gallery of Canada 1965-03 - 1965-04
Pre-Raphaelite Art: Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Sculpture, Chintzes, Wallpapers: An Exhibition Arranged by the State Art Galleries of Australia
75 Australian State Galleries (Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney) 1962-03 - 1962-10
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
42 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973 - 1973
42 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Feb.2004 - April.2004
William Morris and Kelmscott
ex. cat. West Surrey College, Farnham 1981-11 - 1981-12
76 Museum of Art of the Socalist Republic of Romania, Bucharest 1982-12-08 - 1983-01-02
76 National Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum, Athens 1983-01-12 - 1983-03-06
76 National Gallery, Budapest 1983-03-17 - 1983-05-08
Pre-Raphaelite Women
21 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
21 Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
122 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
122 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
122 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
19 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
19 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 351.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 272, p. 158; vol. 2, pl. 395.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 3A5.
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Arts Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 116.


Ford Madox Brown; Brown Sale, at his house at 1 St Edmund's Terrace, Regent's Park 29 May 1894 (part of lot 86).

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Emma Madox Brown Depicted

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