Study for the figures in 'The Black Brunswickers'

John Everett Millais 1829-96

Pencil, drawn about 1859

Accession number LL3644

sketch of figures hugging goodbye

Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery, 1926.

This is probably the artist's first idea for the painting in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, showing an English girl saying goodbye to her German soldier sweetheart on the eve of the battle of Waterloo.

The drawing shows the figures the opposite way round from their final appearance in the painting. Millais thickened the outline of the figures to make the lines visible through the paper so that he could trace the figures on the other side of the sheet. This enabled him to try the pose the other way round. This is the way the figures appear in the painting.