Catherine Madox Brown

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Catherine Madox Brown Hueffer
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Catherine Madox Brown (unfinished)
Born Catherine Madox Brown
11 November 1850
London, England
Died 1927
Nationality British
Education Queen's College, Harley Street
Movement Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts Movement

Catherine Madox Brown Hueffer (11 November 1850 – 1927), also known as Cathy, the first child of Ford Madox Brown and Emma Hill, was an artist and model associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and married to the writer Francis Hueffer.

Early life[edit]

Born out of wedlock 11 November 1850 in London, Catherine was named after Emma's mother.[1] Emma and Catherine posed as the mother and child in Pretty Baa-Lambs.[2]

Marriage and family[edit]

She married Francis Hueffer on the 3 September 1872. They had two surviving sons, Ford Madox Ford born 1873 and Oliver Madox Hueffer, both writers. Their daughter, Juliet, married Russian revolutionary journalist David Soskice; their son Frank Soskice became Home Secretary. Emma left Catherine all of her property after her death in September 1890.[3] Francis Hueffer died in January 1899.[4]

Artistic career[edit]

She began painting along with her half sister Lucy Madox Brown, modelled and worked as an assistant under their father. Other female Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Georgiana Burne-Jones, the sister of Thomas Seddon and Marie Spartali Stillman also took lessons in the same studio.

List of works[edit]

Portrait of her father Ford Madox Brown at the Easel, watercolour, 1870.[5]
At the Opera, watercolour and pencil, 1869.
Wandering Thoughts, watercolour heightened with bodycolour, 1875.
Portrait of Laura, wife of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, watercolour, 1872, 50.8 x 33 cm, Exh. The Fine Art and Antiques fair Olympia, London, 2000 by Campbell Wilson (London).

Work and portraits[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • [2] Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Catherine Madox Brown
  • Thirlwell, Angela, Into The Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown (London: Chatto & Windus, 2010)
  • ---., William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis. (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2003), ISBN 0-300-10200-3
  • Marsh, Jan and Nunn, Pamela Gerrish, Women Artists and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement (London: Virago, 1989)
  • Marsh, Jan, Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, (London: Quartet, 1985)
  • Roe, Dinah The Rossettis in Wonderland. A Victorian Family History(London: Haus Publishing, 2011), ISBN 978-1-907822-01-8
  • Gaze, Delia, Dictionary of Women Artists, Volume 1 (London: Routledge, 1997)
  • [3] Peattie, Roger W., Selected Letters of William Michael Rossetti (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990)
  • Treuherz, Julian, Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2011) ISBN 978-0-85667-700-7


  1. ^ Thirlwell, Angela, Into The Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown (London: Chatto & Windus, 2010), p. 46-47.
  2. ^ File:Ford Madox Brown - Pretty Baa-Lambs - Google Art Project.jpg
  3. ^ Thirlwell, Angela, Into The Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown (London: Chatto & Windus, 2010), p. 235
  4. ^ Moser, From Olive Garnett's Diary: Impressions of Ford Madox Ford and His Friends, 1890-1906 in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Fall 1974), pp. 511-533
  5. ^ [1] Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), Painter and designer

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