The Lost Sheep (The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ)
After Sir John Everett Millais (British, Southampton 1829–1896 London)
Engraved and printed by Dalziel Brothers (British, active 1839–1893)
Wood engraving; proof on India paper
image: 5 1/2 x 4 5/16 in. (13.9 x 10.9 cm)
sheet: 7 5/16 x 6 1/16 in. (18.6 x 15.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1921
Not on view
It took Millais seven years to design twenty New Testament parables for the Dalziel Brothers, and the resulting prints are pinnacles of illustration and wood engraving. The artist wrote to his engravers, “I can do ordinary drawings as quickly as most men, but these designs can scarcely be regarded in the same light—each Parable I illustrate perhaps a dozen times before I fix and the ‘Hidden Treasures’ I have altered on the wood at least six times.” Pre-Raphaelite ideals shaped the combination of down-to-earth imagery and detailed naturalism. The parables, mostly recorded in the Gospel of Luke, use simple narratives to teach deep spiritual truths; Millais’s images operate in a similar way.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 29, 2014–July 14, 2014.
Gleeson White 119; Suriano, 2000, pp. 153-4.
Gregory R. Suriano The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators: The Published Graphic Art of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Their Associates. Oak Knoll Press, 2000, pp. 144-5, 153, ill.