Ford Madox Brown

Portrait of Dykes Barry as a Child

1853

Artist
Ford Madox Brown 1821–1893
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

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, July 2007

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