A sleeping dog appears at the bottom left of Millais' oil painting Isabella (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), one of the first important Pre-Raphaelite paintings, shown at the Royal Academy in 1849. Its curled-up position differs from these studies, but it appears to be the same animal. At the bottom of the sheet Millais has made some playful variants on the monogram 'J.E.M.'.

  • 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
M with four attempts at a monogram.
Monogram bottom left Handwritten - Ink


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 B20

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