The making of Ford Madox Brown
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Chapter 2 begins with a lengthy consideration of some of the external reasons for the development of Brown’s ideas about painting. It provides a detailed picture of Brown’s understanding of, and engagement with, Victorian society. It pays close attention to his connections with national culture and popular radicalism, and considers his affinities with the Foggo brothers, W. J. Linton, and other overlooked radical artists from the 1830s and 1840s. It examines Brown’s Diary, which is filled with important discussions of art, politics and society. It goes on to consider the twists, turns and leaps of his career. The concluding part of the chapter shows how melodrama provides a meaningful critical context for explaining how Brown attempted to reconfigure the social activist aesthetic of the 1830s and 1840s.

Ford Madox Brown

The Manchester murals and the matter of history

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