This is a preparatory design for the wood-engraving by the Dalziel Brothers published on 16 July, 1859, in the periodical 'Once a Week' (p. 41). The poem is by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and is about the grandmother musing to her granddaughter about her son's death and also her impending own death. Themes that contrast between youth and age and deal with the appraoch of death are central in Victorian literature and illustration.

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  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Once a Week
1859-07-16 Bradbury and Evans, London p. 41.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 19 / B118.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 275.

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