The subject was taken from the story of Sir Tristram and La Belle Iseult as told by Malory in the 'Morte d'Arthur.' The design was originally conceived in September 1862 for a stained glass window produced by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. The window was one of thirteen illustrating the story for the entrance hall of Harden Grange, near Bingley, the home of Walter Dunlop, a Bradford merchant. In 1863 Brown used the composition for a watercolour and in 1864 he produced this version in oil for George Rae.LM

  • Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1916.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Ford Madox Brown -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Sir Tristram/ How he was traytoursly slayne with a trenchant glayve by Kinge Marke, and how the Lady La Beale Isoud threw herself fauning on his bodye and soe died
Inscription frame - -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
The Exhibition of Work, and other Paintings by Ford Madox Brown
32 191 Piccadilly, London 1865 - 1865
British Art Fifty Years Ago
500 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1905 - 1905
Pre-Raphaelite Art
7 National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 1962-03 - 1962-03
7 Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth 1962-04 - 1962-05
7 The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 1962-06 - 1962-07
7 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1962-07 - 1962-08
7 Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 1962-08 - 1962-09
7 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1962-10 - 1962-10
British Royal Family Exhibition
90 Seibu Department Store, Tokyo 1967 - 1967
William Morris and the Middle Ages
142 Whitworth Art Gallery 1984-09-28 - 1984-12-8


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. pp. 13-14
Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Works
F M Hueffer 1896 Longmans, Green and Co., London pp. 197, 200, 418, 440; repr. op. p. 200
British Art Fifty Years Ago
1905 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London cat. no. 500
Pre-Raphaelite Diaries and Letters
William Michael Rossetti 1900 Hurst and Blackett Limited, London pp. 111, 114
City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham: Catalogue of Paintings
1960 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham p. 21
Pre-Raphaelite Art
Daniel Thomas 1962 The State Art Galleries of Australia p. 11
Leonee Ormond January 1967 - p. 55
The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle
A Charles Sewter 1975 Yale University Press, New Haven forThe Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art vol. 2, pp. 26-27
Morris and Company in Cambridge
Duncan Robinson, Stephen Wildman 1980 Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge pp. 71-72
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services International, Virginia repr. Fig. 56
The Art of Ford Madox Brown
Kenneth Bendiner 1998 The Pennsylvania State University Press p. 25 ff., repr. Fig. 42


Painted for George Rae in 1864 for £105; purchased from the trustees of George Rae by Public Picture Gallery Fund for £160 in 1915

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