In 1844 Ford Madox Brown unsuccessfully submitted an oil sketch of 'The Ascension' to a competition for an altarpiece for the church of St James, Bermondsey. This is a study for the apostle on the far left, kneeling with his hands raised in prayer. On the other side is a sketch of a child possibly for 'The Spirit of Justice,' a cartoon Brown entered into the third competition to decorate the interior of the newly built Houses of Parliament in 1845. 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
Ford M Brown/44 / (Paris)
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1844 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 City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery p. 29
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
2008 D. Giles Limited p. 64

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