The subject illustrates Keats' poem 'Isabella' or 'The Pot of Basil', derived from a story by Boccaccio.One of four 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.

  • 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 (pencil).
Monogram - Written - In pencil.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
71 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Paintings and Drawings of the 1860s Period
219 Tate Gallery, London 1923-04-27 - 1923-07-29
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings & Drawings
35 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - 1955-10
35 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea 1955 - 1955
Millais, PRB, PRA
233 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1967-01-14 - 1967-03-05
233 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1967-03-15 - 1967-04-30
Pre-Raphaelite Women
13 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
13 Stoke-on-Trent Museum & Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
John Keats
no.224a Dove Cottage, Grasmere (Wordsworth Trust) 1995-07-14 - 1995-06-30
- Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden and Stadelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt 1973-11-23 - 1974-05-05
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery 1976-05-01 - 1976-05-29


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. 264.
Millais, PRB, PRA
Mary Bennett 1967 City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery p. 73.
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B17


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

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