Known for his meticulous craftsmanship and use of brilliant color, Ford Madox Brown (English, b. France, 1821–1893) studied with noted Belgian painter Egide Charles Gustave Wappers. A close associate of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, he also cofounded William Morris’s decorative arts company, for which he designed stained glass and furniture. Work, Brown’s most celebrated painting, is a Victorian social commentary on the importance of work. Brown is said to have been inspired by the sight of laborers installing drains, as depicted in the center of the painting. At left are an impoverished flower seller and a woman doing religious work (distributing tracts). At right are two of society’s “brainworkers,” F. D. Maurice, founder of the Working Men’s College, and essayist Thomas Carlyle, whose work influenced Brown. Note the copy of The Times under one laborer’s arm and, in the foreground, the Masonic symbols of trowel and set-square, representing education and advancement in one’s trade, the keys to prosperity.
Size: 27" x 20"
Artist: Ford Madox Brown
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