The Corsair

Ford Madox Brown, 1821 - 1893

The Corsair

Ford Madox Brown 1821 - 1893


Interior scene. The corsair (a pirate), enters the room from the left. The bed occupies the foreground; a woman is lying on the bed, her arms laid either side of her body with the palms upward facing, her eyes are closed and her long hair arranged on the pillow. At the end of the bed, in the left foreground, is a wooden chair. There is an open window at the upper right corner, and a lute standing at centre midground.

Display Label

82 The Corsair 1869 Chalk on paper Byron’s poem The Corsair describes how Conrad, a pirate Captain, returned from captivity to find his true love Medora lying dead. Her hair was spread about her and she held dead flowers in her hand. This is one of five illustrations by Brown made for a book of Byron’s poetry. Another was the origin of Byron’s Dream, the painting exhibited nearby. Manchester City Galleries

Object Name

The Corsair

Creators Name

Ford Madox Brown

Date Created



unframed: 23.5cm x 38.4cm
framed: 42cm x 57.5cm

accession number


Place of creation



paper (grey)


chalk (black)
chalk (white)


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