This is an early study for a figure in the cartoon 'The Spirit of Justice.' Brown submitted the design to the 1845 fresco competition to decorate the Houses of Parliament but was unsuccessful in winning a commission. The pose of the figure matches that of the central bishop in the finished cartoon but in this drawing it is unclear if the figure is male or female and Brown may have had a slightly different design in mind at the beginning of the project.LM

  • Presented by Harold Hartley, 1905.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
FMB 1843
Monogram bottom right Handwritten - Pencil.


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. 27
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 69

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