This full length portrait of Emma seated in her shawl is unusual in Brown's oeuvre. Most often the portraits of his family are quarter-length, creating a more emotionally intense view of the sitter. The Tate has a similar drawing on the back of a quarter-length portrait of Cathy (1853, pencil on paper). Again Emma is sitting on a high backed chair. The Birmingham drawing is dated 9 May 1854, although there does not seem to be any particular relevance attached to this day. By this point the couple had been married one year and one month and perhaps it was made to commemorate this fact. LM

  • Purchased and presented by the Subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
F. M. B. May 9th/54
Initials bottom right Handwritten 1854 Pencil.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
33 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
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. 48
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 56, 66; repr. p. 19

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Name Type
Emma Madox Brown Depicted

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