• Victorian and British Impressi auction at Christies

    Sale 5881

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    18 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 42

    Sir John Everett Millais, P.R.A. (1829-1896)

    The Head of Bran

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Sir John Everett Millais, P.R.A. (1829-1896)
    The Head of Bran
    signed with monogram (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour
    4½ x 5½ in. (11.4 x 14 cm.)


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    Millais designed many wood-engraved illustrations for books and magazines, and often also did versions of these works in watercolour. "The Head of Bran" illustrates a poem by George Meredith and was published in "Once a Week" on February 4, 1860. A sketch for this engraving is currently held at Birmingham Art Gallery. The watercolour may have been produced at around the same time, and was certainly completed by 1863 when it was listed in an account book kept by the artist's wife.
    We are grateful to Dr. Malcolm Warner for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    Literature

    Once a Week, 4 February 1869, p.132.