This detailed drawing of an elderly man is a study for Ford Madox Brown's painting 'Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt, in the Presence of Chaucer and Gower.' The study is for the main character, Wycliffe, and according to Brown's diary the model was a professional called 'Old Coulton' (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' pp. 25 & 39). A photograph of the drawing published in 1896 shows it with the date of 1847 inscribed after Brown's signature. This has since been cut off.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
London Ford M Brown [1847]
Signature below image Handwritten 1847 A photograph published in 1896 shows it was originally inscribed with the date 1847 which was later cut off.. Brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
39 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London 1947-09 - 1947-09
Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
54 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1964 - 1964
The Biggest Draw
- Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 2004-09-15 - 2004-12-15
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
15 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Ford Madox Brown: a Record of his Life and Works
Hueffer 1896 Longmans, Green and Co, London repr. p.447 et seq.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 11
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 39
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London p. 11
Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
Mary Bennett 1964 Walker Art Gallery p. 29
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Ltd., London pp. 51, 70; repr. p. 46

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Name Type
John Wycliffe Depicted

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