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Millais's Illustrations A Collection of Drawings on Wood By John Everett Millais, R.A.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Millais's Collected Illustrations


Alexander Strahan, Publisher, London And New York: 1866

Physical Description

[iii]-vi p., add. engr. t.pl., [80] pl.; 315 mm.

General Note

The plates carry no numbers but are assigned numbers 1-80 in the List Of The Collection.


[Add. engr. t.pl., t.p.] - List Of The Collection - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The added engraved title plate and most plates are signed with the monogram of Millais, and by the engravers, Dalziel, Swain, T. Williams or Thompson.

The printers are named on the verso of the title page: 'London Bradbury, Evans, And Co., Printers, Whitefriars.'


C. Donovan and J. Bushnell, John Everett Millais, 1829-1896 [exhibition catalogue] (1996); P. Goldman, Victorian illustrated books, 1850-1870 (1994); S.P. Casteras, Pocket cathedrals: Pre-Raphaelite book illustration (1991); E. De Maré, The Victorian woodblock illustrators (1980); M. Warner, The Drawings of John Everett Millais [exhibition catalogue] (1979); G. Wakeman, Victorian book illustration (1973); F. Reid, Illustrators of the eighteen-sixties (1928); Book illustration of the sixties, intro. by H. Hartley [exhibition catalogue] (1923).

On the publisher see P.T. Srebrnik, Alexander Strahan: Victorian publisher (1986).

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1866 is given on the title page. The added engraved title plate carries the date of 1865; and two plates carry dates of 1862, 1864. A variant title is given on the added engraved title plate: 'Millais's Collected Illustrations.'

The plates are uncaptioned but are listed by title in the List Of The Collection; which also names the works in which they were originally published. These were, 'Lays of the Holy Land', 'Once a Week', 'Orley Farm', 'Poems by Alfred Tennyson', 'The Home Affections', 'Papers for Thoughtful Girls', 'Good Words', 'Poets of the Nineteenth Century'. Two are listed as unpublished.

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth, upper cover decorated in black, red and gold, lettered 'Millais's Collected Illustrations'; spine unlettered.

Name as Subject


Drawings - Illustrations - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Pictorial works - Wood engravings - Great Britain - 19th century