Brown's picture shows a boat of emigrants as they pass the most westerly cliffs of southern England. Beneath her shawl the woman cradles a small baby, whose tiny hand is just visible, grasping its mother's hand.
Ford Madox Brown
The Last of England
35.6 x 33 cm
Watercolour on paper
Date of work
Original: Watercolour on paper 35.6 x 33 cm ® Tate, London
English painter Ford Madox Brown trained in Belgium and painted in an ‘early Christian’ style. In 1848 he was introduced to the Pre-Raphaelite circle by Rossetti and their influence caused him to paint more landscape works with a wider palette. In 1865 Brown held a successful and pioneering solo exhibition but only had a small income. In 1878 he was commissioned to paint historical pictures for Manchester Town Hall which occupied him until 1893.