Information

In 1863 Brown was commissioned by the Brothers Dalziel to produce three illustrations for a Bible to which many other famous artists of the day were also contributing. This story of a mother whose son is raised from the dead by the prophet Elijah was one of the subjects selected by Brown from a list of possible themes submitted to him by the Brothers.Having designed the illustration 'Elijah and the Widow's Son' Brown worked up the composition into three paintings. The dealer Gambart bought a small watercolour version, which he later sold to Frederick Leyland (present owner unknown). Frederick Craven of Manchester, a watercolour collector, commissioned a larger version in 1868 (V&A). The painting in the Birmingham collection is the only one in oil and was commissioned in 1864 by a Brighton wine merchant, James Trist, for 100gns. Trist was so pleased with it that he later sent Brown a case of wine. LM

  • Presented by Sir John T Middlemore, Bt., 1912.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
FMB/64
Monogram middle right Painted -
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
The Exhibition of Work, and Other Paintings by Ford Madox Brown
33 191, Piccadilly, London 1865 - 1865
 
Exhibition of the Works of Ford Madox Brown
15 (?) Grafton Galleries, London 1897 - 1897
 
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- Brussels 1897 - 1897
- Baden-Baden 1973 - 1973
- Frankfurt 1973 - 1974
 
Pictures from Birmingham by British Artists
39 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1956 - 1956
 
Pre-Raphaelite Art
8 National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 1962-03 - 1962-03
8 Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth 1962-04 - 1962-05
8 The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 1962-06 - 1962-07
8 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1962-07 - 1962-08
8 Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 1962-08 - 1962-09
8 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1962-10 - 1962-10
 
The Bible in Art
38 Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth 1963 - 1963
 
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- Brussels 1897 - 1897
- Baden-Baden 1973 - 1973
- Frankfurt 1973 - 1974
 
The Pre-Raphaelites
127 Tate, London 1984 - 1984
 
Visions of Love and Life
75 Seattle Art Museum 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
75 Cleveland Museum of Art 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
75 Delaware Art Museum 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
75 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
75 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
75 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1996-05-26 - 1996-09-29
 
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
42 Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Exhibition of Work, and Other Paintings by Ford Madox Brown
Ford Madox Brown 1865 Privately published by the artist p. 15
 
Ford Madox Brown: a record of his life and works
Hueffer 1896 Longmans, Green and Co. p. 202
 
Pre-Raphaelite ArtPre-Raphaelite Art
1962 State Art Galleries of Australia p. 11
 
Visions of Love and Life
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services Intenrational p. 236, ill. p. 234
 
The Pre-Raphaelites
Leslie Parris 1984 Tate pp. 203-204, repr. p. 204
 
Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown
1897 - p. 10
 
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 59; rep. p. 41

Provenance

James Trist bought the painting from the artist for 100gns. It was then purchased by J. Bibby, 1899; L. W. Hodson (sold Christie's 25 June 1906 (142); Sir J. T. Middlemore, Bt.

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