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This drawing is an adaption of figures in 'Youth', one of six decorative lunettes by Millais. The image also invites comparison with the poem 'My Beautiful Lady' by Thomas Woolner, published in The Germ in 1850. Another drawing was however used in the final publication. It has been suggested that this drawing inspired the Woolner poem (Malcolm Warner).

  • Purchased, 1920.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
PRB [monogram]; J E Millais 1848; John E Millais to his PRB [as monogram] / brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Inscription - Handwritten - Ink
 
PRB
Monogram bottom left Handwritten - Brown ink
 
John E Millais to his PRB(as monogram)/ brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Text below image Handwritten - Brown ink
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of British Art c. 1000-1860
1258 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1934-01-06 - 1934-03-10
 
Paintings and Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Followers
97 Russell-Coates Art Gallery, Bournemouth 1951-06-04 - 1951-08-07
 
Millais, PRB, PRA
242 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
242 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-004-30
 
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
12 Bolton Museum and Art Gallery 1979 - 1979
12 Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton 1979-07-07 - 1979-08-04
12 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton 1979-08-14 - 1979-09-02
12 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1979-09-08 - 1979-10-07
12 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 1979-10-16 - 1979-11-11
12 National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 1979-11-17 - 1979-12-16
 
The Pre-Raphaelites
158 Tate Gallery, London 1984-03-07 - 1984-05-28
 
Pre-Raphaelite Women
12 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
12 Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
 
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
24 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2005-10-01 - 2006-01-16
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery 1976-05-02 - 1976-06-20
 
La Peinture Romantique Anglaise et les Pre-Raphaelites
188 Petit Palais, Paris 1972-01-21 - 1972-04-16
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection
12 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
12 The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
12 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
12 The Museum of Fine ARts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
12 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
12 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29
 
British Vision: Observation and Imagination in Brtitish Art 1750-19550
262 Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent 2007-10-06 - 2008-01-13
 

Literature

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. 265.
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 12
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
1953 Arts Council of Great Britain p. 12
 
The Drawings of John Everett Millais
Malcolm Warner 1979 Arts Council of Great Britain, London cat. no. 12
 
The Pre-Raphaelites
Leslie Parris 1984 Tate Gallery Publishing and Penguin Books, London cat. no. 158 / p. 242
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia cat. no. 12 / p. 94.
 
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B14
 
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London & New York cat. no. 24 / p. 81.
 
Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision
Carol Jacobi, Katherine Lochnan - Art Gallery of Ontario fig. 31, p.175

Provenance

Given by the artist to Rossetti; Rossetti Sale July1882 (341R); Christie's 3 June 1898, lot 44 (bought Tregaskis); bought Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1920.

Associated people

Name Type
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Associated with
Thomas Woolner Author

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