Ford Madox Brown reached Rome on 3 October 1845. He travelled to Italy for the health of his first wife Elisabeth who was ill with tuberculosis. As this drawing shows he was extremely impressed by classical sculpture and made this drawing of a Discobolus (Discophoros). It is a Roman copy of a fifth century BC Greek statue of which there are versions at the Louvre, the British Museum and the Vatican. In this drawing Brown has omitted the tree stump which is behind the figure in the original sculpture. 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
Ford M Brown Rome 1845
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1845 Brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
10 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14


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. 46
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London pp. 50, 69; repr. 47

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