host = $host; $this->dbUser = $dbUser; $this->dbPass = $dbPass; $this->dbName = $dbName; $this->connectToDb(); } /** * Establishes connection to MySQL and selects a database * @return void * @access private */ function connectToDb() { // Make connection to MySQL server if (!$this->dbConn = @mysql_connect($this->host, $this->dbUser, $this->dbPass)) { trigger_error('Could not connect to server'); $this->connectError = true; // Select database } else if (!@mysql_select_db($this->dbName,$this->dbConn)) { trigger_error('Could not select database'); $this->connectError = true; } } /** * Checks for MySQL errors * @return boolean * @access public */ function isError() { if ($this->connectError) { return true; } $error = mysql_error($this->dbConn); if (empty($error)) { return false; } else { return true; } } /** * Returns an instance of MySQLResult to fetch rows with * @param $sql string the database query to run * @return MySQLResult * @access public */ function &query($sql) { if (!$queryResource = mysql_query($sql, $this->dbConn)) { trigger_error('Query failed: ' . mysql_error($this->dbConn) . ' SQL: ' . $sql); } else { return new MySQLResult($this, $queryResource); } } } /** * MySQLResult Data Fetching Class * @access public * @package SPLIB */ class MySQLResult { /** * Instance of MySQL providing database connection * @access private * @var MySQL */ var $mysql; /** * Query resource * @access private * @var resource */ var $query; /** * MySQLResult constructor * @param object mysql (instance of MySQL class) * @param resource query (MySQL query resource) * @access public */ function MySQLResult(&$mysql, $query) { $this->mysql = &$mysql; $this->query = $query; } /** * Fetches a row from the result * @return array * @access public */ function fetch() { if ($row = mysql_fetch_array($this->query, MYSQL_ASSOC)) { return $row; } else if ( $this->size() > 0 ) { mysql_data_seek($this->query, 0); return false; } else { return false; } } /** * Returns the number of rows selected * @return int * @access public */ function size () { return mysql_num_rows($this->query); } /** * Returns the ID of the last row inserted * @return int * @access public */ function insertID () { return mysql_insert_id($this->mysql->dbConn); } /** * Checks for MySQL errors * @return boolean * @access public */ function isError() { return $this->mysql->isError(); } /** * Returns an instance of MySQLResult to fetch rows with * @param $sql string the database query to run * @return MySQLResult * @access public */ } ?> - Biography - Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Information Centre
             
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Biography for Ford Madox Brown

Nationality:British
Born:1821 - Calais, France
Died:1893

Employment

Artist. Son of a ship's purser and born in Calais. In the late 1830s Brown trained in Bruges and Ghent before studying under Baron Gustave Wappers (1803-1874) at the Antwerp Academy. He was a leading figure in the development of Pre-Raphaelite painting.

In 1845, Brown travelled to Rome, via Basel. The works he saw on this trip fostered his interest in medievalism. He settled in London in 1846. He exhibited paintings alongside Pre-Raphaelites between 1849 and 1853, and was an important influence on artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) and Frederick Sandys (1829-1904).

Brown might have become a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but he preferred to work independently of the movement. Painting in a realistic and intense style, his works dealt with modern life and contemporary social issues, as well as expansive historical subjects. He became a valued designer of stained glass and furniture for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company, but was ousted in favour of Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) in 1875.

Brown received a commission for six (later increased to twelve) large frescoes for the new Town Hall at Manchester in 1878. This large undertaking occupied him for a significant remainder of his working life. Brown's 'The Last of England' (1855) was bought for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in 1891.

Brown married his cousin Elizabeth Bromley in 1844. She died in 1846 leaving an infant daughter. He married Emma Hill in 1853. Ford's diary, running from 1847 to 1850 and from 1854-1858, provides a rare insight into the life of a 19th century painter.

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