John Everett Millais, Bt, P.R.A.


The Wolf's Den


Oil on canvas

Signed with the artist’s monogram and dated 1863, lower right

33 x 45 in. (83.8 x 114.3 cm.)

43 ½ x 55 ¼ in. (110 x 140.3 cm.) (framed)



Purchased from the artist by Thomas Agnew & Sons (Agnew’s),

April 1, 1863, 600 guineas.

Purchased from Agnew’s by John Graham, August 10, 1863; bought back from him by Agnew’s, June 8, 1864.

Purchased from Agnew’s by Kirkman Finlay, October 16, 1865.

Bought back from him by Agnew’s, March 22, 1869, for Ralph Brocklebank; his posthumous  sale, Christie’s, London, April 29, 1893, lot 81, purchased by Stone, 210 guineas.

Purchased by Kōjirō Matsukata, c. 1920.

Sold at The First Sale of the Matsukata Collection, Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum, 1928.

Purchased Private Collection Japan.

Acquired Tokyo, 2018 by the present owner.



95th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1863, no. 498.

National Exhibition of Works of Art, Leeds, 1868, no. 1450.

Grand Loan Exhibition of Pictures from Lancashire Collections, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1886, no. 40.

The First Exhibition of the Matsukata Collection, Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum, 1928.



Paul Naumann, wood-engraving, Magazine of Art, 1891, p. 89

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