This is one of two studies for a small painting by Brown called 'Infant's Repast' (1848-49, oil on canvas, Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton) (see also 1906P679). The model was Mrs Ashley. She is mentioned several times in the artist's diary. In the first entry referring to her, made on 26 January 1848, he noted that she 'came at 11 stopped till four let fire out 3 times & talked all day, will never do.' However, he continued to use her as a model and on 13 October 1848 she began sitting for 'The Infant's Repast.' Brown's diary records that he 'sent for Mrs Ashley & child & began a scetch of them for a little picture of a mother and child.' She stopped modelling for him in 1849 but he unexpectedly bumped into her in a carriage on the way to Gravesend in 1854 (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' pp. 27 & 48).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/48
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1848 Brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
189 Grafton Galleries, London 1897 - 1897
Loan Collection of Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters
8 National Gallery of British Art, London (Tate) 1911 - 1912
Pre-Raphaelites and their Followers
95 Bournemouth 1951 - 1951
Ford Madox Brown
60 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1964 - 1964
Pre-Raphaelite Women
3 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
3 Stoke-on-Trent Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
3 Cambridge Arts Council Gallery 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
3 Norwich Assembly Rooms 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
3 Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24


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. 45; repr. p. 428
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
1953 Arts Council of Great Britain, London p. 6
The Diary of Ford Madox Brown
Virginia Surtees 1981 Yale University Press pp. 27, 30-31, ff. 59 & 95
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 67

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Name Type
Mrs Ashley Artist's model

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