Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 144-145.
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné vol. 1, 21.
This work is DGR's earliest effort to represent a scene from the life of the legendary astrologer Michael Scott.
The only extant example of this early work is the drawing owned by Mrs. Munro, passed down through her family after it was initially presented to Alexander Munro in 1853 by DGR, as the notation on the drawing indicates. In reproducing the
drawing, Marillier dated it ca. 1848, without elaborating upon the reasons for doing so.
DGR's plan for the later work was to produce an oil painting and pair it with an accompanying ballad to fashion a double work. Both ballad and oil painting were never completed.
The scene represented in this drawing is very different from the one shown in the later work.