Daniel Casey (French / Irish, 1820 – 1885)
Oil on canvas
Signed ‘D Casey’ (lower right)
56.1/8 x 39.3/4in. (143 x 101cm.)
Daniel Casey was a lifelong friend of Ford Madox Brown. The two first met at the Antwerp Academy sharing lodings at the Hotel du Pot d’Etain. They move to Paris soon after and it was here in 1846 that Brown’s wife sadly died from consumption. Casey helped Brown to raise funds to send her body back to England. Though Casey stayed in France (exhibiting at the Salon) the two remained lifelong friends. When Casey died Ford Madox Brown raffled two of his paintings (horses in a storm by Casey and Platt Lane, Tate Britain by himself) as prizes to raise money for his widow and his family. Casey’s admiration for Rubens and the earlier masters comes through in this work.