These studies are for the angels who direct Christ to heaven in Brown's oil sketch 'The Ascension.' As the drawing style indicates Brown was influenced by work produced by Fuseli and his circle in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when producing this competition entry. In these drawings both angels are shown with wings which were later omitted in the painting. 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
Different sketches for a design of the Ascension Paris / Ford M Brown/44
Inscription below image Handwritten 1844 Brown ink.


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Ford Madox Brown: a Record of his Life and Work
Hueffer 1896 Longmans Green and Co., London repr. p. 447 et seq.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby p. 28
\qjFord Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelite Circle
Ray Watkinson, Teresa Newman 1991 Chatto and Windus, London pl. 22
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 64

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