John Everett Millais (1829-96)
The Victorian English painter and book illustrator John Everett Millais was an infant prodigy, associated initially with the Pre-Raphaelites, who became an extremely rich and fashionable portraitist. Indeed, his virtuoso portrait art, at times on a par with other 19th-century greats like John Singer Sargent and Thomas Eakins, helped him to become one of the first "rock-star" celebrities of English figurative painting. In his final year he was elected President of the Royal Academy in London.
Many paintings by John Everett Millais are now available as prints in the form of poster art.
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The pictures he exhibited in 1851 were also badly received. A Huguenot (1851; private collection) won great popularity, however, and its pathetic theme of lovers parted by historical circumstances reoccurred in The Proscribed Royalist (1853; private collection), The Black Brunswicker (1860; Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight), and others. The two-figure formula removed the need for more complex compositions, which Millais seems to have found difficult. His best-known picture, Ophelia (1851-2; Tate Gallery, London), illustrates his working method during this time - the setting painted meticulously from nature during the summer and the figure added from a model in the studio during the winter - ready for the Royal Academy exhibition in May.
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First in a line of portrait studies of single children - often his own - was My First Sermon (1863; Guildhall Art Gallery, London), depicting a little girl in a pew. Cherry Ripe (1879; private collection) in the style of Joshua Reynolds, the much more painterly manner of which exemplifies the evolution of Millais' style, was published as a fine art colour print, selling 600,000 copies. He also dealt in historical child-subjects such as The Boyhood of Raleigh (1870; Tate Gallery, London). Another category was the young lady in 18th-century costume; the painting Clarissa (1887; private collection), modeled by his daughter Sophie, imitates Gainsborough's portrait The Honourable Mrs Graham (1777; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh).
Paintings by John Everett Millais
Works by Sir John Everett Millais can be seen in the world's best art museums, including the Tate Collection London, the London Royal Academy of Arts, and the J Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles.