Romeo and Juliet is a watercolor painting from 1867 by the British painter Ford Madox Brown, depicting the scene where Romeo has to leave Juliet on her balcony. Brown was a 19th-century painter known for his historical subjects, taking inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites in his style.
The painting is small but rich in detail, showcasing the balcony’s elaborate design that indicates wealth. The vivid colors and intricate brushwork bring life to the emotional moment between Romeo and Juliet. The piece is one of Brown’s most famous works, next to “Work” (1852-1865), an important social commentary of its time.
Apart from these two notable pieces, Brown also completed a series of twelve works called The Manchester Murals, reflecting various aspects of labor and industry in Manchester during that period. “Romeo and Juliet” is currently kept at the Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester.