A study for the painting in the collection of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1863 (repr. J.G. Millias, Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais, 1899, I, p. 375). The picture illustrates Keat's poem of the same name and was begun at Knole, near Sevenoaks, in December 1802, being painted in the King's Bedroom by night. both the artist's wife and a professional model, Miss Ford, posed for the figure of Madeline.
Three similar studies are recorded, the other two having belonged to the late Edward Seago and Dr E. Schilling. One is presumably the sketch illustrated in J.G. Millais, op. cit., p. 373. All three drawings show the figure in the reverse direction to the figure in the painting, although the Schilling drawing is 'drawn through' on the back so that the figure appears in the direction finally adopted.
A watercolour version of the painting is in the Victoria and Albert Museum. For other related material, see Mary Bennett's catalogue of the Millais Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Royal Academy, London, 1907, under no. 63