A slightly smaller and less detailed version of a drawing (dated 1850) in the Tate Gallery, apparently relating to a painting projected but never executed. The extremely precise and angular drawing (carried out in ink over a pencil outline which would be rubbed out as the artist went along) is typical of the early Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood group style. As always with Millais, who was an accomplished draughtsman turning his hand to a deliberately naïve manner, there is a slight element of humorous self-parody, seen here in the exaggeratedly nervous couple on the extreme right.

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


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Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
73 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Paintings and Drawings of the 1860s Period
218 Tate Gallery, London 1923-04-27 - 1923-07-29
Exhibition of British Art c1000-1860
1255 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1934-01-06 - 1934-03-10
Millais, PRB, PRA
269 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
269 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
The Victorian Romantics
31 Leicester Galleries, London 1969 - 1969
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1989-01 - 1989-04
18 Tate Britain, London 2007-09-26 - 2008-01-13


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais
John Guille Millais 1899 Methuen, London vol. 1, p. 59.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 266.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 13
Millais, PRB, PRA
Mary Bennett 1967 Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 79.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B23
Alison Smith, Heather Birchall, Jason Rosenfeld 2007 Tate Publishing, London cat. no. 18 / p. 44.

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