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Pencil Drawing - The Crown of Love by George Meredith - Three Studies of the Lover carrying the Princess up the Hill

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P571
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1859 - 1859

Maker Information

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


Three studies of a lover carrying the princess up the hill based on the story 'The Crown of Love' by George Meredith. Each attempt shows slight variations in posture. The final wood-engraving (executed by Joseph Swain) was published in 'Once a Week' on 31st December 1859 (p. 10) and illustrates the lines:

O death-white mouth! O cast me down!
Thou diest? Then with thee I die.
See'st though the Angels with a Crown?
We twain have reach'd the sky.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil on blue paper.

Associated People


Height:130 mm
Width:208 mm