Mary Bennett considers this sketch to be related to the figure of Wisdom from the cartoon The Spirit of Justice (Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite, p. 67). The date would certainly be appropriate but no figure in that design resembles this man reclining on steps. The medium and subject matter of a naked, captive man show Brown's interest in the Romatic depiction of prisoners which was popularised in England by Fuseli and his circle, and later in France by Delaxcroix.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
(Paris) / F. M. Brown/44
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1844 Brwon 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 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 47
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 67

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