Sir John Everett Millais, Bt The Wicked Husbandman published 1864

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Date Published 1864
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 140 x 108 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
Reference
A00807
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October 1862 Millais wrote to the Dalziels: ‘Here at last is another Parable & another is in hand this week. The quality of the work speaks for itself and I need not tell you to cut it with all your might... I have done the vine elaborately from nature for the next Parable the labourers in the Vineyard who kill the heir.’

The vine twisted around the neck of the husbandman’s heir shows the lengths Millais went to in order to produce an accurate description of nature. The dead bird and toad in the right foreground enhance the sense of evil.

November 2004

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