Royal Raphaelite boost for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Newsroom has reported that HM Government has allocated a painting by Sir John Everett Millais to Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in lieu of Inheritance Tax.

The painting is the first to enter the Pre-Raphaelite collection for over twenty years since the portrait of Mrs Joseph Chamberlain, also by Millais, was acquired in 1989.

The Proscribed Royalist, 1651 by Sir John Everett Millais has been accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

Painted in 1853, it shows a Puritan girl risking her life to bring food to a young Royalist fugitive hiding in the forest. It commemorates the Battle of Worcester in 1651 which ended the English Civil War and the escape of Charles II who hid in the Boscobel Oak in Staffordshire. It is one of the dramatic and popular “love in conflict” series produced by Millais in the early 1850s which included The Black Brunswicker and The Huguenot.

The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery has the largest world class collection of Pre-Raphaelite art including over 2000 fine and decorative art works ranging from oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, to prints, illustrated books, watercolours, ceramics, and archive material. The collection boasts the largest collection of Burne-Jones work in the world and is a fitting home to the geographical heart of nineteenth century industrial Britain.

The collection can be viewed online with the award winning website,, the largest online collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world.


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