Related works include a pen and ink study of the figure of Mariana in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the painting owned by Tate.The subject of Mariana refers to her rejection by Angelo; she is subsequently in a moted grange where she waits to be reunited with her fiance. This drawing is preparatory for an illustration to Alfred Tennyson's poem 'Mariana' (1830), which in turn was inspired by Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure'.

  • 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
260 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
260 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
Tennyson 1809-1892: A Centenary Celebration
245 Dove Cottage, Grasmere (Wordsworth Trust) 1992-03-01 - 1992-09-01
245 Usher Art Gallery 1992-03-01 - 1992-09-01


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. 267.
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 B29

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Lord Alfred Tennyson Author
William Shakespeare Associated with

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