February Painting of the Month

Brexit, Birmingham, Europe, pre raphaelite
Ford Madox Brown, The Last of England, 1855, Birmingham Art Gallery

Brexit; now there’s a word you don’t hear very often. Now we have cast ourselves away from Europe I thought I would post an image that evokes memories of starting a journey to a new exciting world,while still having a longing for the old (you may not all agree with this diehard European!)

Ford Madox Brown, the Pre-Raphaelite, painted this in the mid nineteenth century, when emigration from Britain was at its peak. It looks as if the couple are looking back but with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background they are clearly anticipating the future.


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