This drawing relates to the published wood-engraving for 'The Eve of St Agnes' in Tennyson's 'Poems' , published by Moxon in 1857 (p. 309). This drawing shows Millais' experimentation with posture and design. This work, along with two other sketches for the same poem, was exhibited at the Fine Art Society in 1901.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Millais, PRB, PRA
349 Royal Academy, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
349 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
Tennyson (1809-1892): A Centenary Celebration
264 Dove Cottage, Grasmere (Wordsworth Trust) 1992-03-10 - 1992-06-30
264 Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln 1992-07-01 - 1992-09-30
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
6 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
6 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Poems [Moxon Tennyson]
1857 Edward Moxon, London p. 309.
Tennyson (1809-1892): A Centenary Celebration
Professor Robert Woof 1992 Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere cat. no. 264.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 6 / B83.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 273.

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Name Type
Lord Alfred Tennyson Author

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