This study of a dead body became the corpse in Ford Madox Brown’s illustration for ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’. Brown spent many hours examining the figure, presenting it in purely material terms. Pen and pencil. 1856. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Photograph reproduced under the terms of the Creative Commons Licence, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), UK. Text by Simon Cooke.


Study for Byron’s ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’, The Poets of the Nineteenth Century. London: Routledge, 1857.

Created 19 April 2021