Lucy Madox Brown
Ford Madox Brown 1821-93
Pencil, dated 5 December 1847
Accession number WAG 10504
Purchased 1984 by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund
A study of the artist's elder daughter Lucy, by his first wife Elizabeth. After only seven years of marriage, Elizabeth died. Brown made this portrait immediately after visiting her grave at Highgate Cemetery, London. He wrote in his diary:
'drew a little head of my beautiful babe. It is today 18 months since the death of my poor dear wife. These are thoughts I must banish, it unnerves me. I have dedicated the day to my child and the memory of her mother.'
In later life, Lucy married the brother of the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.