Sir John Everett Millais, Bt Miss Eveleen Tennant 1874

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Miss Eveleen Tennant
Date 1874
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1079 x 800 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Harold Myers 1941
Reference
N05260
Not on display

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Millais was one of the most successful society portrait painters of the late nineteenth century. Miss Eveleen Tennant is painted with the bold and fluent handling of paint and rich impasto (a thick build up of oil paint) characteristic of a new approach which he had adopted in the 1860s. This style is in stark contrast to the high finish and minute detail of his earlier Pre-Raphaelite works. Millais's working methods as a portraitist were notoriously energetic and were noted by several of his sitters. It was once remarked that he must have walked at least a mile in the course of each sitting.

August 2004

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