Biography of Ford Madox Brown

Find out more about the life of the man behind the painting.

Early years

Ford Madox Brown Sketchbook detail
Ford Madox Brown was born on 16 April 1821, and spent much of his youth travelling through Europe. 

Artistic influences

Ford Madox Brown, Work, Detail
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.

Second marriage

Ford Madox Brown, sketch of a child
Brown married one of his models, Emma Hill, in 1853. Two of their children had untimely deaths.

Social conscience

Ford Madox Brown, Work, Detail
Brown's work was inspired by his concern for the plight of others.