This is a study for the bearded figure of Erudition in Brown's cartoon 'The Spirit of Justice.' He submitted the cartoon to the 1845 fresco competition to decoprate the newly rebuilt Houses of Parliaiment but was unsuccessful in winning a commission. It is not clear to which work the drapery study and the sketch of two legs on the reverse relate. No figures matching them appear in the cartoon or in 'The Ascension,' an oil sketch Brown was also working on in 1844.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
83 / sketch for figure on right of Justice
Notes reverse top right Handwritten - in black chalk


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. 28
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 69

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