This drawing was formerly described as a design related to Tennyson's 'The Miller's Daughter', but has since been identified as a sketch for Millais's first published illustration - the frontispiece for W. Wilkie Collins's 'Mr Wray's Cash-Box', published by Richard Bentley, 1852.

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


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Artist John Everett Millais -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Tennyson 1809-1892: A Centenary Celebration
257 Dove Cottage, Grasmere (Wordsworth Trust) 1992-03-01 - 1992-09-01
257 Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln 1992-03-01 - 1992-09-01
John Everett Millais : Illustrator and Narrator
3 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
3 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29


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. 272.
The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais
John Guille Millais 1899 Methuen, London vol. 1, p. 320.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 3 / B36.

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