Brown's picture illustrates the biblical story of Christ washing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper.
Ford Madox Brown
Jesus Washing Peter's Feet
116.8 x 133.3 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 116.8 x 133.3 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.