Signed with a monogram and dated 1882, oil on canvas
85cm x 63cm (33.5in x 24.75in)
Estimate £500,000-800,000


H. F. Makins, 1882.
By descent the Rt. Hon. Lord Sherfield, G.C.B., July 10, 1970.
Christie's, London, July 10, 1970, no. 161, reproduced.


The Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1883, no. 117.
The Works of Sir John E. Millais, Bart., PRA, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1888, no. 75.
Work by the Late Sir John Everett Millais BART., PRA, Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1898, no. 240.
On loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 1973-July 1974, loan no. L.1973.1.2.
The Art and Mind of Victorian England: Paintings from the Forbes Magazine Collection, University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1974, no. 35.
The Royal Academy (1837-1901) Revisited, March 11-April 27, 1975, Metropolitan Museum of Art; May 10-September 15, 1975, The Art Museum, Princeton University; September 27-October 26, 1975, The High Museum of Art Atlanta; December 6-February 1, 1976, Cincinnati Art Museum; February 14-28, 1976, The Allen House, Louisville, Kentucky; no. 46.
The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Times, January 24-February 24, 1985, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; March 5-March 24, 1985, Hamamatsu City Museum; March 26-April 21, 1985, The Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery; May 1-20, 1985, Daimaru Museum of Art, Daimaru, Japan; May 25-June 23, 1985.
The Defining Moment: Victorian Narrative Paintings from the Forbes Magazine Collection, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, January 15-April 2, 2000; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, May 12-August 6, 2000; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, September 7, 2000-January 7, 2001; Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, January 27-April 22, 2001; The Forbes Magazine Galleries, New York, New York, May 2-July 7, 2001; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, England, July 28-November 10, 2001, no. 33, reproduced in colour.
John Everett Millais, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu, Japan, June 7-August 17, 2008; The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Bunkamura, Japan, August 30-October 26, 2008; no. 52, reproduced in colour.


Magazine of Art, 1883, p. 352.
Marion H. Spielmann, Millais and his Works, London, 1898, pp. 122, 179.
John Guille Millais, The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais, London, 1899, Vol. II, pp. x1, 481, 495, detail reproduced p. 435.
"Mr. Forbes Adds A Tearjerker,"
Evening News, London, July 10, 1970.
Terence Mullaly, "Ladbrooke Landscape Fetches 3,600 Gns." The Daily Telegraph, London, July 11, 1970.
Christopher Wood, "The Great Victorian Revival," Auction, November 1970, p. 39.
Christie's Review of the Year, 1970, reproduced p. 67.
"The Sale Room," Apollo, November 1970, p. 405, reproduced.
Michael Findlay, "Forbes Saves the Queen," Arts Magazine, February 1973, p.30, reproduced p.27.
"It's From Forbes!" Forbes, November 1, 1973, p. 69, November 15, 1973, p. 121, December 1, 1973, p. 67, reproduced.
The Art and Mind of Victorian England, Minneapolis, 1974, p. 56, reproduced in colour p. 7.
"University of Minnesota Looks at Victorian Era of England," Free Press, Mankato, Minnesota, August 26, 1974, reproduced.
"University to Have Victorian Festival," Gazette, Stillwater, Minnesota, August 27, 1974, reproduced.
Carole Nelson, "Exhibit Wins Respect for Long-Neglected Victorian Paintings," St. Paul's Sunday Pioneer Press, Family Life Section, September 29, 1974, reproduced p. 1.
"A Glimpse of Victoria's World," Minneapolis Tribune, September 22, 1974, reproduced.
Joseph T. Butler, "America: The Art and Mind of Victorian England," Connoisseur, February 1975, p. 145, reproduced.
Christopher Forbes, The Royal Academy (1837-1901) Revisited, New York, 1975, p. 108, reproduced p. 109.
Celina Fox, "The Royal Academy Revisited," Burlington Magazine, May 1975, p. 325, reproduced.
Peyton Skipwith, "A Tale of Two Cities," THE CONNOISSEUR, December 1981, reproduced.
John Christian, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Times, Tokyo, 1985, p. 39, reproduced in colour.
S.Casteras, 'Victorian Childhood', Antiquities, Winter, 1985, p. 57, illus.
S. Moore, 'The Awakening Consciousness: The Forbes Collection of Victorian Painting', Country Life, 5 June 1986, p. 1574, pl. 3.
M. Bennet, Artists of the Pre-Raphaelites Circle: The First Generation. Catalogue of Works in the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley Art Gallery, London, 1988, p. 163.
G. Eliot, Silas Marner, Bantam Books, 1992.
The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, New Series III:2 Fall 1994, p.57.
C. Nelson and L. Vallone (eds); The Girl's Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915,London, 1994, pl. 1.
Louise Jury, Forbes Family London Home, EVENING STANDARD, June 9, 2009, p.18.

Sold for £553,250 (buyer's premium included)