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Pencil Drawing - Isabella - Head of Isabella and her brother with Caricature ' Study of old Woman at table and sleeping Dog

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P651
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1848 - 1849

Maker Information

Artist:John Everett Millais - View biography for John Everett Millais


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

One of five 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.

Goldman notes: 'It has been suggested that the central sketch caricatures Rossetti's drawing of 'A Parable of Love'. Also in the Birmingham collection.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Caricature Boccaccio John Keats
Medium:Pencil on toned paper.

Associated People


Height:354 mm
Width:251 mm