'The Nosegay', 1867

Ford Madox Brown (1821 – 93)

23cm x 15.8cm

Accession Number LL3639

'The Nosegay', Ford Madox Brown

Catherine, the artist’s daughter, sat for the girl. Unusually for Madox Brown, this picture of a young girl gathering flowers accompanied by her tortoiseshell cat contains no literary or historical meaning and is closer in spirit to the solitary female figure with narrative trappings that Rossetti and Millais worked on.

This is the smaller of two versions (the other is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) which Madox Brown painted to attract ‘Patrons who wanted something pretty’.

Painting not on display

This painting is not currently on display but you can see it in the Victorian Treasures exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, 27 January to 7 May 2017.