Ford Madox Brown
BBC News has gone overboard on Ford Madox Brown, due to a major exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery which opens today and runs till 29 January 2012: Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer. CLICK for a BBC slide show of Brown's most famous paintings. CLICK for an excellent BBC slide show of Brown's murals in Manchester Town Hall, in which he created a mythology for Manchester. And CLICK for a BBC video which tours the show and the Town Hall. Above is Brown's Self Portrait (1850) made when he was 29. Bearing in mind this is the first major exhibition of his art since 1964 and brings together 140 of his works from public and private collections, admission is reasonable at £8 adults or £6 silver surfers. Entry is free for under 18s. Click the title link for details and to order tickets. I assume entry to the Town Hall is free for everyone, a plus for the show.