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John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais

A carte-de-visite portrait of the British artist John Everett Millais (1829-1896).

In 1848, Millais together with Rossetti was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, though his own style later became more fluent and less detailed.

One of his earlier works Christ in the House of his Parents (1850) now in the Tate Gallery, caused an outcry on its first showing, since its detail was considered unsuitable for a sacred subject. In later works, such as The Boyhood of Raleigh (1870) also now in the Tate, Millais pursued light, popular subjects.

Millias was elected as an associate member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1853, and was soon elected as a full member of the Academy, in which he was a prominent and active participant. He was granted a baronetcy in 1885, the first artist to be honoured with a hereditary title. After the death of Frederic Leighton in 1896, Millais was elected President of the Royal Academy, but he died later in the same year from throat cancer. He was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

Photographed by the London Stereoscopic Company.


Code: 124121
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