This head study is for the central figure of Ford Madox Brown's cartoon 'Oure Lady of Saturday Night' (now in the Tate, London). It is a good example of the second stage of his working process. Once Brown had made rough sketches of the composition, and the figures in it, he focused on each individual figure and made detailed studies of their pose, clothes and facial expression. He often used paid models to sit for him but later on he used his wife and children and friends, such as fellow artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.LM

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


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Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Monogram bottom right Handwritten 1847 Faded brown ink


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. 37
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 68

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