This is a preparatory drawing for an unpublished etching intended for the fifth number of The Germ periodical to illustrate a story by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery also has one of the few surviving etchings of the same subject of a fifteenth-century painter painting his mortally ill lover.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of Pictures, Drawings and Studies for Pictures Made by the Late J. E. Millais Bart, P.R.A.
29 or 33 Fine Art Society, London 1901 - 1901
The Collection of Drawings and Studies by Sir E Burne-Jones...
485i Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery 1913 - 1913
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
253a City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
The Pre-Raphaelites: A Loan Exhibition...
52 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1948-04-08 - 1948-05-12
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Drawings
41 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - 1955
41 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 1955 - 1955-10
Millais, PRB, PRA
249 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
249 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
67 Bolton Museum and Art Gallery (and tour) 1979-07-07 - 1979-12-16
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
1 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
1 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29
17a Tate Britain, London and tour 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 & Co, London vol. 1, p. 67.
Autobiographical Notes of the Life of William Bell Scott
W Minto 1892 James R Osgood, London vol. 1, p. 284.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 265.
Millais, PRB, PRA
Mary Bennett 1967 Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 75.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund and Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 1 / B24.
Alison Smith, Heather Birchall, Jason Rosenfeld 2007 Tate Publishing, London cat. no. 67 / p. 43.


Geoffroy and John Guille Millais by 1899; Charles Fairfax Murray

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