On the Mechanism of a Historical Picture

Ford Madox Brown

General Description

Date: 1850 January
Genre: critical essay


Fredeman 151-153

◦ Fredeman 151-153

◦ Rabin, Lucy. Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelite History-Picture. (NY: Garland, 1978)

Scholarly Commentary


Brown began the essay in January 1850 and completed it by the 22nd (see WMRprb page 45). The second (projected) part of the essay was never written, much to WMR's disappointment. The essay clearly shows Brown's interest in history painting, and in particular his committment to a thoroughly historicized treatment of his materials and subjects.

Printing History

It was printed in The Germ 2, pages 70-73.

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