Chetham's Life Dream

FORD MADOX BROWN (1821-1893) Biography
PRE-RAPHAELITE (founded 1848) Biography

Chetham's Life Dream (United Kingdom, 1885 - 1889)

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Coloured chalks on paper
Signed lower left with monogram and dated '85-89


51.00cm high
112.00cm wide
(20.08 inches high)
(44.09 inches wide)
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Henry Boddington Esq.
F.H. Riches Esq.


Hueffer, Ford Madox, Ford Madox Brown, A Record of his Life and Work, Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1896, pages 369, 371, 385 and 444.
City of Manchester Art Gallery, Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of the Works by Ford Madox Brown and The Pre-Raphaelites, Autumn 1911, page 99

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This is a pastel drawing for one of the frescoes in Manchester Town Hall. Madox Brown and Frederic Shields received the joint commission for these mural decorations in 1878. Mainly due to Shield’s influence, the project was finally given entirely to Brown, and was his last important work. The project was for twelve wall paintings, illustrating events in the history of Manchester. Chetham’s Life Dream, c. AD 1640 was the eighth panel. The final scheme by Maddox Brown remains in Manchester Town Hall to this day.