Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

Manchester Art Gallery

24 September 2011 – 29 January 2012

Work, (1852 " 63)  Ford Madox Brown's highly detailed epic about Victorian society, has long been one of the highlights of Manchester Art Galley.

Pretty Baa Lambs, Ford Madox Brown

This autumn it will be joined by around 140 other works by Brown in the largest exhibition on the artist since 1964. The comprehensive survey follows his career from the early days, through his involvement with Pre-Raphaelitism, and the years he spent working on the murals for Manchester's Town Hall.Work, (1852 " 63)  Ford Madox Brown's highly detailed epic about Victorian society, has long been one of the highlights of Manchester Art Galley. This autumn it will be joined by around 140 other works by Brown in the largest exhibition on the artist since 1964. The comprehensive survey follows his career from the early days, through his involvement with Pre-Raphaelitism, and the years he spent working on the murals for Manchester's Town Hall.

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The other major piece joining Work for the first time is Brown's famous The Last of England (1852 " 55), painted with particularly realistic details, these two works demonstrate Brown's Hogarthian and Dickensian approach to portraying the social problems of the age. Brown was determined to illustrate his contemporary society in a particularly honest way, and these works do just that.Restaurant discountGet 10% off your bill at the Manchester Art Gallery restaurant with your National Art Pass.

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