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Pen and Ink Drawing - Male: Sketch of a Man reclining on Steps with his Hands bound together

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P724
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1844 - 1844

Maker Information

Artist:Ford Madox Brown - View biography for Ford Madox Brown


Mary Bennett considers this sketch to be related to the figure of Wisdom from the cartoon The Spirit of Justice (Ford Madox Brown: The Unofficial Pre-Raphaelite, p. 67). The date would certainly be appropriate but no figure in that design resembles this man reclining on steps. The medium and subject matter of a naked, captive man show Brown's interest in the Romatic depiction of prisoners which was popularised in England by Fuseli and his circle, and later in France by Delaxcroix.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Brown pen and ink over pencil on paper.
Place of Origin:Paris, France


Height:242 mm
Width:225 mm