Although Chaucer was not one of the approved subjects for the Parliament murals, it was he who inspired Ford Madox Brown
After leaving the Royal Academy, Rossetti studied under Ford Madox Brown
, and following the exhibition of Holman Hunt''s painting The Eve of St Agnes, Rossetti sought out Hunt''s friendship.
As in earlier volumes, the letters in this one reveal a self-absorbed but often generous man at his best and worst: capable of genuine eloquence in notes to families of deceased artists and affection for close friends such as Ford Madox Brown
and Thomas Hake; and of ill-temper in negotiations with much-tried patrons and overbearing demands on his long-suffering employees and friends.
By the end of the 1860s Rossetti had long been the acknowledged (if not actual) leader of a movement in painting including his early Pre-Raphaelite brethren, Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and James Collinson, and also hosts of other artists associated with Pre-Raphaelitism such as Walter Deverell, Charles Allston Collins, Edward Burne-Jones, Arthur Hughes, William Lindsay Windus, William Dyce, Henry Wallis, Simeon Solomon, and even his own early mentors, William Bell Scott and Ford Madox Brown
, but the Doughty-Wahl letters offer surprisingly little insight into his professional development.
And, for any lovers of Victorian art, the exhibition takes you on a journey of Victorian masters, including Ford Madox Brown
, Richard Redgrave, James Collinson and Thomas Faed.
They were close to the Pre-Raphaelite painters, forming the design company Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Coin the 1860s with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown
Gary Alexander was on the point of doubling his winnings when he was stumped by a poser about Ford Madox Brown
21) It also earned her the respect of men like Garnett, William Michael Rossetti, Athenaeum editor Norman MacColl, and the German-born painter Ford Madox Brown
, who became a life-long champion of her poetry (and possibly her lover), (22) In his i nvaluable Ford Madox Brown
: A Record of his Life and Work (1896), Brown's grandson Ford Madox Hueffer gives a revealing account of the salons Brown hosted in the late 1860s and early 1870s, where Blind formed the allegiances that launched her career:
Julian Treuherz is curating a Ford Madox Brown
exhibition opening at Manchester Art Gallery on 24 September.
It is difficult to think of a painting that would represent most people's idea of Pre-Raphaelite art more effectively than The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown
- an iconic image of Britain at the midpoint of the 19th century and one of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery's greatest treasures.
Highlights are George Frederick Watt's Hall of Fame series and important paintings by William Holman Hunt and Ford Madox Brown
Both Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown
(1821-93) taught at the school, which aimed to instruct artisans in basic drawing skills.