Ford Madox Brown made two illustrations for 'Downstream' a poem by Rossetti published in 1871 in the short-lived magazine 'The Dark Blue.' The poem tells the tale of a woman seduced and left pregnant by a man on the first of May. By the first of June the next year she has drowned herself and her baby in desperation. This is the more sedate tailpiece which depicts the poem's tragic ending. Although it lacks the vitality of the main illustration, Rossetti was pleased with it and told Brown, 'the little one is pretty too' (F. M. Hueffer, Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Works, p. 264).LM

  • Presented by Fairfax Murray, 1912.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -
Publisher - British and Colonial Publishing Company
Engraver C M Jenkin -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Monogram bottom left Engraved 1871


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


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Dark Blue
October 1871, vol. ii British and Colonial Publishing Company, Limited pp. 211-212
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: His Family Letters
William Michael Rossetti 1895 Ellis & Elvey, London vol. 2, p. 246
Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Works
F M Hueffer 1896 Longmans, Green and Co., London pp. 263-264
English Illustration: 'The Sixties 1855-70'
Gleeson White 1897 Archibald Constable and Co., London p. 81
The Victorian Woodblock Illustrators
Eric de Maré 1980 Gordon Fraser, London p. 113
Pocket Cathedrals: Pre-Raphaelite Book Illustration
Susan P Casteras 1991 Yale Center for British Art, New Haven pp. 15, 104
Victorian Illustration: the Pre-Raphaelites, the Idyllic School and the High Victorians,
Paul Goldman 1996 Scolar Press, Aldershot pp. 9-10, 274, 370
Resuscitating Ophelia: Images of Suicide and suicidal Insanity in nineteenth-century England
Lisa Nicolletti 1999 Univeristy of Wisconsin, USA pp. 169-170
The British Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators
2005 Oak Knell Press, Newcastle, USA and the British Library, London, UK -
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Laura MacCulloch, Tessa Sidey 2008 D. Giles Limited, London 66
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
2008 D. Giles Limited, London p. 13

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti Author

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