Three studies of a lover carrying the princess up the hill based on the story 'The Crown of Love' by George Meredith. Each attempt shows slight variations in posture. The final wood-engraving (executed by Joseph Swain) was published in 'Once a Week' on 31st December 1859 (p. 10) and illustrates the lines:O death-white mouth! O cast me down!Thou diest? Then with thee I die.See'st though the Angels with a Crown?We twain have reach'd the sky.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
PS. / The other block for 'Once a Week' is in a forward state.
- reverse Handwritten - Ink


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
25 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
25 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Once a Week
1859-12-31 Bradbury and Evans, London p. 10
The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais
John Guille Millais 1900 Methuen, London vol. 2, p. 418.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 25 / B117
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 276.

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