This caricature, along with that of Holman Hunt (1904P436), offers a glimpse of the playful humour of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Millais is here using one of his favourite expressions for the type of painting he disliked; 'Sir Sloshua' was his derogatory term for Sir Joshua Reynolds, one of the founders and first president of the Royal Academy. The paper on which the caricature is drawn appears to be the same writing paper as 1904P436.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
- - Handwritten - Ink


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
203(6) City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
William Morris and Kelmscott
11 West Surrey College, Farnham 1981-11 - 1981-12


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 350.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 592, pp. 208-09; vol. 2, pl. 434.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 3B8.


John P Seddon; Bt by Charles Fairfax Murray.

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Name Type
John Everett Millais Depicted
Sir Joshua Reynolds Associated with

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