On 2 July 1853 Millais, together with his brother William and Effie Ruskin, visited Doune Castle. John Ruskin was not present (as he had sprained his ankle) but he wrote in a letter to his father the following day of how Millais had been struck with admiration at the castle of Doune and was 'determined to paint Effie at one of its windows'. The drawing on this sheet is a sketch for the proposed, but never executed, painting. See also British Museum Collection.On the reverse of the sheet are three caricatures of Old Masters drawn for the amusement of Millais' friends.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Sir J Simpson / from memory
- bottom right Handwritten - pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Rainy Days at Brig O'Turk: The Highland Sketchbooks of John Everett Millais 1853
2 Westerham, Kent 1983 - 1983
Millais Portraits
16 National Portrait Gallery, London 1999 - 1999


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. 279.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B42
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
Malcom Warner 1979 Arts Council of Great Britain p. 23.
Rainy Days at Brig O'Turk: The Highland Sketchbooks of John Everett Millais 1853
Malcolm Warner, Mary Lutyens 1983 Westerham, Dalrymple Press -

Associated people

Name Type
Effie Ruskin Artist's model
Sir James Simpson Depicted
Raphael Depicted
Guercino Depicted
David Teniers the Younger Depicted

Associated places

Name Type
Doune Castle Depicted

Related work & resources

Discuss this work

Start a discussion about this work.

You need to login to discuss this work. Click here to login.

If you are not yet registered click here to become a member.
Find out more about membership