Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
The Yeoman of the Guard 1876

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The Yeoman of the Guard
Date 1876
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1397 x 1118 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs Hodgkinson 1897
Not on display

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This is a portrait of John Charles Montague, who had been a corporal in the 16th Lancers and served for more than twenty years in India. He distinguished himself in battle on several occasions.
When he retired in 1847 he was appointed a Yeoman of the Guard. Millais shows him the uniform of the yeomen, usually known as ‘Beefeaters’. The painting was done in 1876, when Millais was then at the height of his fame. This picture remained one of his favourites, as well as being popular with the public.

September 2004

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