This sketch may illustrate Mary and her hand maidens in Rossetti's poem 'The Blessed Damozel'. The figure on the far right is for Millais' oil painting Mariana (1850-51, Tate). The figure on the far left of a woman folding a piece of cloth can be seen in several other sketches in Birmingham's collection. The work was previously thought to be a study for The Eve of the Deluge.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Millais, PRB, PRA
261 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-01 - 1967-04-01
261 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-01-01 - 1967-01-01
58 Baden Baden 1973-01-01 - 1973-01-01
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
45 Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton 1979 - 1979
45 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1979 - 1979
45 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1979 - 1979
45 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 1979 - 1979
45 National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 1979 - 1979


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. 266.
Millais, PRB, PRA.
Mary Bennett 1967 Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 77.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B32

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