Monday, February 21, 2011

John Everett Millais - George Gray Millais 1876

Oil on canvas
Lent by the Geoffroy Richard Everett Millais Collection to the Tate

This is one of a series of oval portraits Millais made of his children in this period, possibly in emulation of Gainsborough’s images of the offspring of George III in Windsor Castle. George was Millais’s second son and was a student at Cambridge when he contracted the typhoid fever that killed him two years after sitting for this painting.

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