Talk: Ford Madox Brown - Hands On Pre-Raphaelite biography
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Is writing the life of an artist fundamentally different from writing about poets or politicians, kings or composers?
Trawling archives, scouring letters, diaries and laundry lists, the biographer of an artist has one crucial extra resource – the pictures themselves.
Ford Madox Brown, sometimes known as King of the Pre-Raphaelites, was one of the most brilliant members of that circle although he never officially joined. Exploring his pictures in the light of key relationships in his life, with his two wives, Elisabeth and Emma, and his two secret loves, Marie and Mathilde, will unlock his intense, inner life.
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