Ford Madox Brown

Sketch for ‘Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet’


Not on display

Ford Madox Brown 1821–1893
Ink and graphite on paper
Support: 73 × 89 mm
frame: 250 × 263 mm
Purchased 1968

Catalogue entry

Ford Madox Brown 1821–1893

T01035 Sketch for ‘Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet’ circa 1851

Not inscribed.
Pen and ink, and pencil, 2 9/16 x 3 3/16 (6.5 x 8.2) on paper 2¿ x 3½ (7.2 x 9).
Purchased from J S Maas & Co, Ltd, 1968.
Coll: W M Rossetti; Mary Rossetti; her niece, Mrs Helen Dennis; J S Maas & Co, Ltd.
Exh: Early English Drawings and Water-colours, Maas Gallery, March 1968 (14).

This sketch appears to be the earliest of the recorded studies for Tate Gallery N01394, which Brown began in 1851. It precedes N04281 and T00571 in this Gallery and the pencil study in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (repr. W M Rossetti, Preraphaelite Diaries and Letters, 1900, facing p. 110). In T01035 the posture of Peter is different and only one background figure is indicated.

On the back of the drawing is a pencil study for the figure of the Black Prince in Chaucer at the Court of Edward III.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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