In 1844 Ford Madox Brown entered a competition to paint an altarpiece of the Ascension for the church of St. James, Bermondsey. This is a pen and ink study for the central figure of Christ who ascends to heaven watched by his apostles and welcomed by angels. The competition was won by the relatively unknown artist John Wood (1801-1877). LM

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © 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 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery p. 29
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited p. 64

Associated people

Name Type
Jesus Christ Depicted

Related work & resources

Discuss this work

Start a discussion about this work.

You need to login to discuss this work. Click here to login.

If you are not yet registered click here to become a member.
Find out more about membership