Friday, March 13, 2009

John Everett Millais - John Everett Millais (study)

Ink on paper, 1847
The drawing is an early work, done before the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was started. It is not a preparatory study, but an independent work of art. However Millais used the subject for an oil painting, in the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Millais later re-painted parts of the oil, adding the dog, the ferns and grasses with Pre-Raphaelite detail. The drawing shows how the oil looked before it was re-touched.

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