Apparently a detailed preparatory study for the large oil painting dated 1858 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1859 (now in the Tate Gallery, London). Millais had conceived the subject some years earlier, making specific reference to the Scottish superstition that a coffin-shaped cloud at sunset presages death.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Monogram bottom right Handwritten - Ink?


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of the Works of Sir John E Millais, Bart, RA
138 Grosvenor Gallery, London 1886 - 1886
Works by the late Sir John Everett Millais
224 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1898 - 1898
Millais, PRB, PRA
57 Royal Academy, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
57 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
English Eye I
27 Midland Federation 1958 - 1958
Artists of Victoria's England
39 Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida 1965-02-02 - 1965-03-14
Works by the English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
79 Tate, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Death, Heaven and the Victorians
88 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1970-05-06 - 1970-08-03
Pre-Raphaelite Art...
- State Art Galleries of Australia 1962-03 - 1962-10
Pre-Raphaelite Art from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
35 Hong Kong Museum of Art 1984-10-20 - 1984-12-02


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Mary Bennett 1967 Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 43.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B115
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 275.

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