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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

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -

Exhibitions

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
 
Millais
18 Tate Britain, London 2007-09-26 - 2008-01-13
 

Literature

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
 
Millais
Alison Smith, Heather Birchall, Jason Rosenfeld 2007 Tate Publishing, London cat. no. 18 / p. 44.

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