Crabtree Observing the Transit of Venus, after Ford Madox Brown
27.6 cm x 36 cm (10 7/8 in. x 14 3/16 in.)
George Woolliscroft Rhead
(1855 - 1920, London)
Medium and Support:
Etching and drypoint
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1991
Rhead was a student of the Victorian artist Ford Madox Brown, who produced a series of twelve murals (1879-1893) for Manchester’s town hall. The paintings were meant to celebrate the city’s history, with a focus on the textile industry, commerce, and religion. In this print, Rhead reproduces Brown’s mural depicting Manchester merchant, draper, and mathematician William Crabtree (1610-1644), who correctly calculated the timing of the planet Venus’s rare passage before the sun.