Getting beneath the skin of one of Britain’s most innovative artists.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Beata Beatrix, c.1864-70, oil on canvas, 86.4 x 66 cm, Tate.
Jonathan Armstrong (1893-1973), Daphnis and Chloe, c. 1927, gouache on board, 57.5 x 77 cm
Edward Wadsworth (1889-1949), Extruded Tubing (1942-1944), tempera on paper, 35 x 35 cm, Private collection.
John Minton (1917-1957), North Country Industrial Town, 1945, oil on canvas, 53 x 76 cm, Picker House.
Angela Thirlwell. For many years Ford Madox Brown’s life (1821-1893) was not a game. It was late nights, labour intensive brushstrokes, relentless industry, intellectual effort, no proper recognition, family deaths, and grinding money worries. But for a few glorious years during his mid-forties he enjoyed new exhuberance, a public profile, a healthier income and a …