Portrait of Charles Rowley (1839-1933)
on paper, unique
Brown, Ford Madox
49.2 x 43.1 cm
150 Charles Rowley 1885 Coloured chalks on paper
Rowley had a picture framing business in Manchester. He became a close friend of Brown and helped him to obtain the murals commission by promoting his work in the city. Rowley was a City Councillor for New Cross ward in Ancoats, one of the poorest areas of the city. A believer in bringing cultural enrichment to the working classes, he founded the Ancoats Recreation Committee and the Ancoats Brotherhood, which organised free art exhibitions, concerts and lectures. Brown was one of the many artistic and learned personalities who spoke or performed there.
Manchester City Galleries