The present portrait was done in 1867, the year JBY took Susan and their two-year-old son, William, to London to launch his career as an artist. It reveals the early Pre-Raphaelite influence which initially captured JBY on his move to London and his circle of close artist-friends, Edwin Ellis, John Nettleship and George Wilson. One of his neighbours was Ford Madox Brown and it interesting to note, as James White points out, that the present work bears a striking resemblance to Ford Madox Brown's wife, Emma, in The Last of England (Birmingham City Art Gallery).
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