The Pre-Raphaelite watercolourist G. P. Boyce, who bought this drawing at an auction sale in 1886, wrote on the back of the work that the sitter might be a Miss Gregson. Subsequent studies, however, have suggested that the sitter might be Miss Ryan, the professional model who sat to Millais in 1852 for The Hugenot.

  • 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
Study of a girl's head (Miss Gregson?) by John Everett Millais R.A / pencil on cardboard 8 3/8 x 7" / The property of George P. Boyce who bought it / at Christie and Manson's - Janry 15th 1866 for 24/- (written by G. P. Boyce) [in a different hand].
Inscription below image Handwritten -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Paintings and Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Followers
79 Bournemouth Art Gallery 1951-06-04 - 1951-08-07
Millais, PRB, PRA
279 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
279 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
Portretul Engles
19 Muzeul de arta al Republicii Socialiste Romania, Bucharest and Budapest 1972-11 - 1973-01
Pre-Raphaelite Art from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
38 Hong Kong Museum of Art 1984-10-19 - 1984-12-02


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. 281.
Millais, PRB, PRA
Mary Bennett 1967 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Royal Academy of Arts, London p. 80.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B129

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Name Type
Miss Gregson Depicted

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