John Everett Millais - The Little Speedwell’s Darling Blue 1891-2
The model in this picture was the artist’s granddaughter Phyllis, sister of Willie James who posed for Bubbles (also on display in this room). The title, a quotation from Tennyson’s In Memoriam, comes from a section of the poem that expresses the soul’s longing for the regenerative effects of spring. In the painting this feeling is conveyed by the delicate speedwell, one of the first flowers to open at the onset of the season.
At the Tate lent by National Museums Liverpool, Lady Lever Art Gallery