The subject illustrates Keats' poem 'Isabella' or 'The Pot of Basil', derived from a story by Boccaccio.One of five studies in Birmingham's collection for the painting 'Lorenzo and Isabella' in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1849.

  • 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
J. E. Millais / 1849
Signature and date bottom right Handwritten 1849 Ink


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
English Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition
69 Tate Gallery 1910-01-01 - 1910-01-01
Millais, PRB, PRA
232 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
232 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Portsmouth Art Gallery 1976-05-02 - 1976-06-20
Pre-Raphaelites and their Followers
94 Bournemouth Art Gallery 1951-06-04 - 1951-08-07
Artists of Victoria's England
37 Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida 1965-02-02 - 1965-03-14
John Keats
224b Dove Cottage, Grasmere (Wordsworth Trust) 1995-07-14 - 1995-09-30
224b British Library - - 1995-12


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham p. 264.
Millais, PRB, PRA
Mary Bennett 1967 Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool p. 73.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B19

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