The eighteenth-century costume worn in these two delightful drawings of a young woman is almost certainly that worn by the young mother in Brown's picture 'Infant's Repast' (Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton) which he was finishing in January and February 1849. Both works depict a woman wearing an eighteenth-century gown in a striped fabric with a plunging neckline and three-quarter-length sleeves, and a rose in her hair. It is possible that Mrs Ashley, the model for 'Infant's Repast,' also sat for these drawings (see 1906P678 and 1906P679). In these studies the model sits awkwardly in an arm chair giving the impression of her as restless and uncomfortable. If the model was indeed Mrs Ashley, Brown's first description of her as someone who 'let the fire out 3 times & talked all day' seems rather apt for the fidgetly woman depicted in these drawings (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' p. 27).On the left side of the sheet there are traces of an erased pencil inscription which appears to be a name and address. Very few of the letters and numbers are still visible but the writing may have given details of the model.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 London/49
Signature and date bottom left Handwritten 1849 Brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
173 Grafton Galleries, London 1897 - 1897
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
37 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London 1947-09 - 1947-09
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
4 Cambridge Arts Council Gallery 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
4 Norwich Assembly Rooms 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
4 Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
Artists of Victoria's England
5 Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville 1965-02 - 1965-03
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
23 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Twelve English Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1925 Methuen & Co, London repr. pl. 4
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery p. 45
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London p. 11
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
1953 Arts Council of Great Britain p. 6
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
2008 D. Giles Limited, London pp. 54, 67; repr. p. 20

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