Millais, John Everett (1829-1896)
Bridge of Sighs
Etching on ivory chine, laid down on ivory wove paper, 17.6 × 12.5 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
The etching was made as an illustration to Thomas Hood’s poem ‘The Bridge of Sighs’, first published in 1844. The tall Victoria Bridge was popularly known as the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ because so many people chose to commit suicide there.