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Title: Study for the Oil Painting 'WORK 1852/6 (compositional study)

Object Name: on paper, unique

Artist/Maker: Brown, Ford Madox
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom
Date: about 1856

Accession Number: 1893.23
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • watercolour/


  • painting

Preliminary study for 'Work'. Layout similar to main piece with navvies working in the centre. A young girl stands in the foreground with a young child in her arms and older children either side. On the left a man, carrying a dog under his arm, walks towards the viewer, his head turned to the right. A woman walks behind him holding a parasol above her head. Behind her is another woman. On the right a man leans against the railings, looking downwards. Behind him are several people sleeping on a grass bank, next to row of large trees. A man and woman can be seen in the distance on horseback.


Type: unframed
Height: 19.7 cm
Width: 28 cm

Type: framed
Height: 36.5
Width: 45.5
Depth: 4