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Artist Ford Maddox Brown’s overgrown grave sparks appeal

Artist Ford Maddox Brown’s grave

Published: 09 March, 2012
by PETER GRUNER

PLANS for a fundraising campaign to spruce up the grave of Victorian Pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Maddox Brown were announced this week.

It follows the discovery that the artist’s gravestone at Islington and St Pancras cemetery is leaning over and the surrounding area is overgrown.

Social realism artist Maddox Brown, who lived in Fortess

Terrace, Kentish Town, is particularly famous for the painting Work, showing navvies in Hampstead. It took more than 12 years to produce, between 1852 and 1865.

Labour environment chief Councillor Paul Smith said that he recognised this was an important grave for visitors to the cemetery, in East Finchley, although the council does not have spare cash to refurbish the site itself.

“We are looking into how we might raise funds nationwide for the refurbishment and might appeal to art lovers to put up some money,” he added.

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