This drawing was a copy of Correggio's 'Ecce Homo' in the National Gallery. It was most likely that the drawing was made from an engraving. Mr Bessell (to whom this drawing was presented) was the drawing master who gave Millais his first lessons in art.

  • Presented by National Art Collections Fund, 1916.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
bl: Presented to his Friend Mr Bessell/ 30th June 1837 br: John Everett Millais Aged 8 years 8th June/ 1837 bc: The Virgin Mary from the 'Ecce Homo' of Corregio (sic, probably mother's hand)
- - Handwritten 1837-06-08 In pencil
Presented to his Friends and Mr Bessell 30th June 1837
Inscription bottom left Written 1837-06-30 In pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
National Art Collections Fund Exhibition
- Victoria and Albert Museum 1928 - 1928
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
1 Bolton Museum and Art Gallery 1979 - 1979
1 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1979 - 1979
1 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1979 - 1979
1 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 1979 - 1979
1 National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 1979 - 1979
Le Printemps des genies: Les enfants prodigies
95 Biblioteque Nationale 1993 - 1993


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B2
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
Malcolm Warner 1979 The Arts Council of Great Britain, London cat. no. 1.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd, Derby p. 262.

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