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Pencil Drawing - Tennyson's The Grandmothers Apology - Figure Study

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P574
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1859 - 1859

Maker Information

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


This is a preparatory design for the wood-engraving by the Dalziel Brothers published on 16 July, 1859, in the periodical 'Once a Week' (p. 41). The poem is by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and is about the grandmother musing to her granddaughter about her son's death and also her impending own death. Themes that contrast between youth and age and deal with the appraoch of death are central in Victorian literature and illustration.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

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

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Height:103 mm
Width:127 mm