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Pen and Ink Drawing - Portait of Emma Madox Brown

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P447
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1853 - 1853

Maker Information

Artist:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Executed less than a month after the wedding of Ford Madox Brown and Emma Hill on 5 April 1853, the drawing shows a rather apprehensive looking Emma with deep shadow cast by the lamp-light around her face. It remained in Brown's possession for the rest of his life. Rossetti, along with Thomas Seddon, had been a witness at the wedding. Emma came from a poor farming background, but had already modelled for her future husband's paintings 'The Last of England' and 'The Pretty Baa-Lambs'. Here Rossetti controls his use of the pen to capture a closely-observed appearance that is more about realism than flattery. He had been a pupil of Madox Brown in 1848.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Portrait emma Hill
Medium:Brown pen and ink on buff paper.

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Height:126 mm
Width:100 mm