Ford Madox Brown

A Catalogue Raisonné

Mary Bennett

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Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893) is known predominantly for his close association with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and for his masterpiece, The Last of England (1852–55), with its poignant imagery of a young emigrant couple aboard ship taking their last sight of home. Admired by the young Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Brown was introduced by Rossetti to the artists of the PRB, an association that confirmed Brown’s interests in outdoor light effects and led to the glowing palette of his great paintings of the 1850s. His interests embraced decorative design, and in the 1860s he was a founding member of the now famous decorating firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

This fully illustrated  catalogue provides the first complete coverage of all of Madox Brown’s work (including a section on frame designs contributed by Lynn Roberts). Drawing on the artist’s diary and largely unpublished correspondence with associates and patrons, Mary Bennett provides a fascinating insight into his ideas and practice.

Mary Bennett was formerly Keeper of British Art at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. She originated three groundbreaking exhibitions in the 1960s on Ford Madox Brown, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt, creating the present-day interest in the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

'Mary Bennett's scholarly catalogue raisonne of the works of Ford Madox Brown is a source of unalloyed pleasure…Bennett's superbly researched work is indispensable to anyone interested in the life and work of Brown…. Both Mary Bennett and Yale University Press are much to be congratulated on these two stunningly illustrated volumes.' — Henrietta Garnett, Literary Review

"These paintings, recording their period as they do, are well served here by an expert cataloguer who sees her role as supportive to an ideal degree." —William Feaver, ARTnews

"It is difficult to see how her catalogue (published to Yale’s usual exemplary standard with the patient support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) could have been done better."—Oliver Garnett, The Art Newspaper

"Magnificently designed by Guilland Sutherland and produced to Yale’s customary high standard."—Jan Marsh, Times Literary Supplement

“Like many nineteenth-century men Ford Madox Brown believed in the importance of labour…..He would certainly have admired the labour that Mary Bennett has put into her catalogue raisonné of his works. It is the culmination of over half a century of research … Bennett’s long-awaited catalogue raisonné is a superb scholarly addition.”—Laura MacCulloch, Burlington Magazine

“Mary Bennett, who was not afraid to emulate her subject’s preference for a lengthy gestation, spent nearly four times as long on this catalogue as Madox Brown did on Work; the result is no less epoch-making and sets a new benchmark for scholarship of this type.”—Timothy Wilcox, Apollo

ISBN: 9780300165913
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Co-publisher: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
686 pages, 9 x 11
458 color + 522 b/w illus.
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