Byron Ford maddox Brown
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Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 21:55:18 EDT
Ford Madox Brown 1821-93
Oil on canvas
Lord Byron was a favourite poet of Ford Madox Brown.
This painting illustrates
his partly autobiographical poem The Dream,
about unrequited love and its devastating impact.
It shows the adolescent Byron and his first love,
Mary Chaworth, sitting on a hill near their home.
He likened them to Romeo and Juliet
as their families did not get on.
He is looking at her but she has eyes only for the
approach of her lover, Jack Musters.
He can be seen riding in the valley.
He signals with his kerchief
that he will hide a letter for her in their secret place.
Byron never forgot Mary
and spoke of her to his dying day
as someone who could have redeemed him,
had things been different.
A young man and woman sit on a hillside, on right, looking out over
green fields and trees. The woman looks over her shoulder away from
young man, who is sitting slightly behind looking up at her and
tentatively holding her hand. Her attention is focused on a man on
horseback, riding along a path below towards them. She is dressed in a
low cut, white blouse with a frilly trim around the neck and cuffs, and
blue detail, with a full length, red skirt. She holds a hat in her right
hand. The man is dressed in breeches, with a white shirt finished with
ruffles, under a black jacket. A black and white dog rests at their
feet, a broad collar around its neck, looking in same direction as
woman. In the bottom right corner, a whip lies across the entrance to
rabbit burrow, a hat lies on the grass above the hole.
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- Unfortunately the copy of the painting was removed from the message in
transit. It is a preRaphelite dreamy oil. I had not seen it before
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