This is one of two works in the collection based on the eighteenth century novel 'A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy By Mr Yorick,' by Laurence Sterne (1713-1768). Between them the two drawings illustrate the chapters concerning the popular character Maria Moulines. The first drawing (1906P797) depicts Maria's mother talking to the protagonist, Yorick, and his manservant La Fleur. She has moved La Fleur to tears by telling the two men of the sad plight of her daughter, Maria, who has taken to wandering aimlessly after the death of her father. The second more finished watercolour depicts the following scene in which Yorick has found Maria and together they towards the town of Moulines. This watercolour has previously been known as 'Sterne and Maria.' Although it depicts the character Yorick the author Laurence Sterne identified himself with his creation and by the mid-nineteenth century was virtually synymous with him. Acording to Hilary Parsons Brown used an engraving of Sterne by C. F. Fritschuis as the basis of Yorick's head, revealing how closely connected the two figures were in popular culture (unpublished notes on Birmingham's collection of works on paper by Brown, BMAG).LM

At the start of his career Brown made several drawings of subjects from popular eighteenth-century novels such as 'The Vicar of Wakefield' by John Goldsmith. This is one of two drawings of scenes from 'Sentimental Journey' by Laurence Sterne. Neither drawing was worked up into a painting.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
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Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Ford M Brown Paris 42
Signature and date bottom left Handwritten 1842 Black ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
175 Grafton Galleries, London 1897 - 1897
Society of Arts and Craft Exhibition
449 Paris 1896 - 1896
Huit Siècles de Vie Britannique à Paris
585 Musée Galleiéra, Paris 1948-05-01 - 1948-08-01
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Lichfield Art Gallery 1961 - 1961
Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
48 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1964 - 1964
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
1 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
1897 Grafton Galleries, London p. 47
Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
Mary Bennett 1964 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 28
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London pp. 49, 70; repr. p. 48
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Angela Thirlwell 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 9

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