Brown entered a competition in 1844, to design a large altarpiece depicting the Ascension of Christ, for the Church of St. James, Bermondsey (south London). He was unsuccessful and the commission went to the now obscure painter John Wood (1801-1877). This is a study for one of several groups of angels who welcome Christ to heaven.LM

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
(Paris) / F. M Brown/44
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1844 Brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
190 Grafton Galleries 1897 - 1897


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
1897 Grafton Galleries, London p. 49
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 28
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 64

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