Ford Madox Brown Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Ford Madox Brown, English painter, was born in Calais, France, and trained in Antwerp, Paris, and Rome before returning to England in 1845. Brown became friendly with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who studied briefly with him in 1848, and with other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His best-known paintings are The Last of England (1852-1855) and Work (1852-1863).
The collection contains correspondence of Brown with his daughter, Lucy, and with Frederic Shields, Alexander Ireland, Charles Augustus Howell, Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth, Mr. Prunell, Mr. Forman, and the Dalziel Brothers regarding his artwork. Additional letters to Harry Buxton Forman and others concern the memorial fountain to Dante Gabriel Rossetti at Cheyne Walk.
Arranged by accession number.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Brown's letter to Mr. Forman was a gift of Michael Papantonio.
Six autograph letters (1885-1887) by Brown to Rossetti and others were purchased in 2013 by the Richard M. Ludwig Endowment, established in 2001 by Michael Spence, Class of 1966.
Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 18, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.