In 1844 Ford Madox Brown entered a competition to paint an altarpiece of the Ascension for the church of St. James, Bermondsey. The competition was won by a relatively unknown artist John Wood (1801-1877). This is a pen and ink study for one of the groups of angels, on the right, who welcome Christ to heaven. On the verso is a study for two angels in another group. As the drawing style indicates Brown was influenced by work produced by the Fuseli and his circle in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when producing his competition entry.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) Ford M Brown/44
Signature and date below image 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 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery p. 29
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited p. 64

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Jesus Christ Associated with

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