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Chalk Drawing - The Ascension - Study for a Kneeling Apostle / Head of a Child

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P695
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1844 - 1844

Maker Information

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


In 1844 Ford Madox Brown unsuccessfully submitted an oil sketch of 'The Ascension' to a competition for an altarpiece for the church of St James, Bermondsey. This is a study for the apostle on the far left, kneeling with his hands raised in prayer. On the other side is a sketch of a child possibly for 'The Spirit of Justice,' a cartoon Brown entered into the third competition to decorate the interior of the newly built Houses of Parliament in 1845.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black chalk touched with white on brown paper.
Place of Origin:Paris, France


Height:283 mm
Width:220 mm