This is a version of the wood-engraving by Joseph Swain published in the periodical Once a Week on 12 April, 1862. The story is by Harriet Martineau. The British Museum has a wood engraving of an earlier scene of a young woman at the feet of an elderly woman. This scene depicts the conclusion of the narrative when the lovers, Anna and Henry, are reunited:... and they were soon hidden in the wood, their horses tied to trees... The volume was there - untouched since Anna had read in it last. She showed what her last lesson been: and then they took out their precious book, hiding away in its four-legged case. They lived to have a handsome family Bible, in a place of honour in their own hall: but to the end of their days this was the Bible from which they read together.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Monogram bottom right Handwritten - Written in brown.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Winter exhibition
205 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1898 - 1898
Winter exhibition
239 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1906 - 1906
Loan Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
203 Manchester City Art Gallery 1911-09-14 - 1911-11
The Victorian Romantics
129 Leicester Galleries, London 1949 - 1949
Millais PRB, PRA
376 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-15
376 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
Artists of Victoria's England
- Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Florida 1965-02-02 - 1965-03-14
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
36 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
36 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Once a Week
1862-04-12 Bradbury and Evans, London p. 42.d
Mary Bennett 1967 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Royal Academy of Arts, London p. 94.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 12
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 36 / B134.


Humphrey Roberts; James Richardson Holliday; bequeathed to City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1927.

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Harriet Martineau Author

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