Ford Madox Brown Portrait of Dykes Barry as a Child 1853

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Artist
Ford Madox Brown 1821–1893
Title
Portrait of Dykes Barry as a Child
Date 1853
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 152 x 127 mm
frame: 380 x 287 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss A.B. Marshall 1937
Reference
N04866
Not on display

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This portrait was painted in Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, overlooking the River Thames. We know very little more about it. Some under-drawing on the left, of a higher frill and a lower shoulder, suggests that it was painted from life. Ford Madox Brown was a pioneer in seeking objectivity in child portraiture. His pictures emphasised individuality above sentimentality and idealisation.

July 2007

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