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Chalk Drawing - Oure Ladye of Saturday Night - Study for Head of the Madonna

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P676
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1847 - 1847

Maker Information

Artist:Ford Madox Brown - View biography for Ford Madox Brown


This head study is for the central figure of Ford Madox Brown's cartoon 'Oure Lady of Saturday Night' (now in the Tate, London). It is a good example of the second stage of his working process. Once Brown had made rough sketches of the composition, and the figures in it, he focused on each individual figure and made detailed studies of their pose, clothes and facial expression. He often used paid models to sit for him but later on he used his wife and children and friends, such as fellow artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black chalk on paper.


Height:244 mm
Width:222 mm