The artist and his family stayed in Walton-on-the-Naze, a small town on the Essex coast, in August 1859. The gentleman on the left discussing the beauty of the scene is undoubtedly a self-portait of Brown. The lady and the little girl, drying their hair after bathing, are his wife Emma and their daughter Catherine. The scene is concerned with the theme of leisure, and the developing mid-nineteenth century interest in tourism. Londoners could reach the resort by steamer - visible on the horizon. The tourists are contrasted against the world of work represented by the stacks of wheat in the foreground, the smoking factory in the background and the ships in the estuary.LM

  • Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1915.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
F.Madox Brown 1860
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1860


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
36th Exhibition
260 Liverpool Academy of Arts 1860 - 1860
Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, 37th
670 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 1863 - 1863
The Exhibition of Work, other Paintings by Ford Madox Brown
27 191 Picadilly, London 1865 - 1865
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
10 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1947 - 1947
Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces
6 City of Manchester Art Gallery 1948-06-14 - 1948-08-08
The Pre-Raphaelites
6 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1948-04-08 - 1948-05-12
Some Famous Pre-Raphaelites
- Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield 1952 - 1952
Agnew's Loan Exhibition from Birmingham Art Gallery
52 Agnew's, London 1957 - 1957
Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
36 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1964 - 1964
Victorian Painting
14 Ottawa National Gallery, Canada 1965 - 1965
Peintures et Aquarelles Anglaises, 1700-1900, du Musée de Birmingham
14 Musée de Lyon 1966-10-23 - 1966-11-20
British Royal Family Exhibition
88 Seibu Department Store, Tokyo 1967 - 1967
La Peinture Romantique Anglaise et les Pre-Raphaelites
31 Petit Palais, Paris 1972-01-21 - 1972-04-16
The Pre-Raphaelites
103 Tate Gallery, London 1984-03-07 - 1984-05-28
Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature
108 Tate Britain, London 2004-02-12 - 2004-05-03
108 Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany 2004-06-12 - 2004-09-19
108 Fundacion 'la Caixa', Madrid, Spain 2004-10-06 - 2005-01-09
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
ex. cat. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2008-08-27 - 2008-12-14
The Pre-Raphaelites
78 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm 2009-02-26 - 2009-05-24


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Exhibition of Work, and other Paintings by Ford Madox Brown
Ford Madox Brown 1865 Published privately by the artist p. 11
Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Works
F M Hueffer 1896 Longmans, Green and Co., London pp. 160, 439
Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces
1948 City of Manchester Art Gallery p. 9
The Pre-Raphaelites
1948 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London p. 13
Pre-Raphaelite Painters
J Gere, R Ironside 1948 Phaidon, London pp. 24-25, pl. 16
City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham: Catalogue of Paintings
1960 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham p. 19
Ford Madox Brown 1821-1893
Mary Bennett 1964 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 24, pl. 7
The Pre-Raphaelites
Timothy Hilton 1970 Thames and Hudson, London p. 150, pl. 108
The Pre-Rapahelite Landscape
Allen Staley 1973 Clarendon Press, Oxford pp. 42-43, pl. 13b, colour pl. 3
The Pre-Raphaelites
Leslie Parris 1984 Tate Gallery Publishing, London(ed.) p. 178
The Diary of Ford Madox Brown
Virginia Surtees 1981 Yale University Press, New Haven and London for Paul Mellon Centre for British Art p. 212
Essex Countryside Magazine
July 1984 - pp. 36-37
Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelite Circle
Raymond Watkinson, Teresa Newman 1991 Chatto and Windus, London pp. 130, 143, repr. pl. 116
The Art of Ford Madox Brown
Kenneth Bendiner 1998 The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvannia p. 21 ff., repr. Fig. 38
The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites
Elizabeth Prettejohn 2000 Tate Gallery Publishing, London pp. 179-81 ff., repr. Fig. 143
Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature
Allen Staley, Christopher Newall 2004 Tate Gallery Publishing, London p. 190, repr. p. 190
Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite
Tim Barringer 2008 D. Giles Limited pp. 27-28
The Pre-Raphaelites
2009 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm cat.78,p.188; fig.89


Bought by Major Gillum from the artist in 1860 for £84; purchased from the Executors of Mrs Gillum by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund for 100 Gunineas.

Associated people

Name Type
Ford Madox Brown Depicted
Emma Madox Brown Depicted
Catherine Madox Brown Depicted

Associated places

Name Type
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex -

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