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Pencil Drawing - Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the Bible - Portrait of Elizabeth Bamford modelling for Figure pf Constance

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P693
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1848 - 1848

Maker Information

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


Elizabeth Bamford was one of several women who sat for the head of the Constance, depicted in his painting 'Wicliffe Reading his Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt, in the Presence of Chaucer and Gower.' She was the daughter of a family Brown socialised with frequently in the first few years after the death of his first wife, Elisabeth. They were perhaps connected with Elisabeth's family, the Bromleys. Brown often referred to 'Mr Bamford' in his diary; he is likely to have been 'James Bamford, silk manufacturer of Milk Street, Cheapside, whose portrait Brown had painted' in 1846 (Virginia Surtees, ed., 'The Diary of Ford Madox Brown,' p. 9). Brown also stayed at the Bamford's on the night of the Private View at the Free Exhibition to which he submitted Wycliffe reading his Translation of the Bible. His diary also records Elizabeth's brother Sam and another relative, William, visiting Brown several times at his studio but does not mention Elizabeth acting as a model.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on paper.

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Height:97 mm
Width:125 mm