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Watercolour - Sister Anna's Probation

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1927P901
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1862 - 1862

Maker Information

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


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.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Watercolour with touches of bodycolour on cream paper on card.

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Height:140 mm
Width:153 mm