This is a study for the Bishop on the right in Ford Madox Brown's cartoon 'The Spirit of Justice.' Brown designed the cartoon in Paris and submitted it to the 1845 Parliament fresco competition. In the allegorical design Justice listens to the case of an impoverished widow wronged by a powerful Baron. She sits on the top tier of the composition with figures symbolising Mercy, Erudition, Truth and Wisdom. Below her is a row of Kings, noblemen and clergy, the temporal and spiritual advisors. These figures are guarded by a row of knights representing the armed servants of Justice.LM

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Lichfield, Midland Federation Travelling Exhibition 1961-05 - 1961-06


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. 28
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 69

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