Biography of Ford Madox Brown
Find out more about the life of the man behind the painting.
Ford Madox Brown was born on 16 April 1821, and spent much of his youth travelling through Europe.
After coming into contact with Italian and German artists, Brown came to England in 1846. It was here that he made friends with artists who were to form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Brown married one of his models, Emma Hill, in 1853. Two of their children had untimely deaths.
Brown's work was inspired by his concern for the plight of others.