The work is a design for the frontispiece to Millais' Book of Armour, 1845. Millais made a series of studies of armoury at the Tower of London. There are five related sketches in Birmingham's collection. A sketchbook associated with these drawings is the V&A, London.

  • Purchased from Christie's, 1967.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
bottom right: John Everett Millais Del./ 1845 (ink), top left: Figures/ reduce to 8 inches/ wide
- - Written 1845 Ink


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Knights: Chivalry, Romance, Legend
- Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1995-09-12 - 1996-02-18


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais (2 vols.)
John Guille Millais 1899; 1900 - vol. 1, p. 31
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B12


Formerly owned by the artist's grandson, Edward Gray St. Helier Millais (1918-2003); James Wyatt, purchased from Christie's, 14 November, 1967 (lot no. 147).

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