This is an anatomical study for the uplifted left arm of the figure of Justice in Ford Madox Brown's cartoon 'The Spirit of Justice.' He designed the cartoon in Paris and submitted it to the 1845 competition to decorate the Houses of Parliament. In the design a widow has brought the baron who murdered her husband before the figure of Justice. Justice is blind and strains to listen cupping her ear to hear the case. Justice's left ear can be seen between the thumb and forefinger in this study.LM

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


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
Angela Thirlwell, Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey, Tim Barringer 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 69

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