Sir John Everett Millais, Bt

Flowing to the River


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Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829–1896
Oil paint on canvas
Unconfirmed: 1397 × 1880 mm
Lent by The Capricorn Foundation 2017
On long term loan

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John Everett Millais was a member of a group of artists known at the Pre-Raphaelites. They often used subjects from literature and poetry, particularly those dealing with love and death. When he was in his forties, Millais’s work began to move away from narrative, focusing more on atmosphere. This landscape scene is an example of this. Millais’s friend and fellow painter, William Blake Richmond, wrote ‘Even in his landscapes I think I can always detect a kind of human sentiment pervading, a mood of Nature akin to a human mood which prompted them’.

Gallery label, May 2019

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