This painting developed out of Brown's illustration for 'The Poetical Works of Lord Byron,' published by Moxon in 1870 and edited by William Michael Rossetti. It depicts a scene from the poem 'Don Juan' in which Haidee, the daughter of a Greek pirate, and her nurse Zoe discover the seemingly lifeless body of Don Juan on a beach. There are three other versions of the same composition: an oil at the Musée D'Orsay, Paris, a watercolour at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and a pastel study at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.LM

  • Presented by Harry Lucas, 1912.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
FMB 73
Monogram bottom left Handwritten -
Painted by F. Madox Brown / 37 Fitzroy Square W. / No. 1
Label reverse - -
Goodman & Fox / Pall Mall. Fine Art Dealers
Label frame - -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Byron: A Dangerous Romantic
- Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere 1989-04 - 1990-01
La Passion selon Don Juan
126 Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence 1991 - 1991


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Works
F M Hueffer 1896 Longmans, Green and Co., London pp 245-46 ff.
City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham: Catalogue of Paintings
1960 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham p. 21
Studies in Romanticism, vol. 27, no. 4
Martin Meisel Winter 1988 - p. 599, repr. fig. 8
Byron: A Dangerous Romantic
1989 Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere pp. 11-12, repr. p. 12
La Passion selon Don Juan
1991 Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence p. 105; repr. p. 105
The Art of Ford Madox Brown
Kenneth Bendiner 1998 The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park Pennsylvania repr. fig. 55
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 37


Sold by the artist to Frederick Leyland for £420; Harry Quilter; Harry Lucas

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Lord Byron Author

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