Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000030
Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), English, Pen and Ink on Paper, (2-3/4" x 4-1/8")
Artist: Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) British
Title: “Reclining Nude Women”
Materials: Pen and ink,
Dimensions: 2-3/4” x 4-1/8”
Framed: Yes, item
has remained in its custom, original period frame when acquired by Mr. Prince and Mr. Hemphill, Jr. The lower middle of the
frame has a name plate, “Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896)”.
Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000030
Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999
Mr. Neal Prince
Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Davis Gallery, 231
East 60th Street,
Provenance: Source documentation for the Fine Arts Appraisal for Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr., May 12, 1964, Page 11/13
Footnote: Provenance is fully noted
within Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (a/k/a Bert) insurance policy executed by Neal Prince in 1964 and is filed with the Smithsonian Institute American Archives
in Box 6, in Folders 13-18.
Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), British
Sir John Everett
Millais was an English Pre-Raphaelite Painter. He was born in
England. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools where he meets William Holman Hunt, whose
ideas about painting Sir John Everett found very exciting. Together with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Sir John
Everett set out to paint with a simplicity and ingenuousness which they took to be the spirit in which mediaeval art was practiced.
They believed implicitly inaccurate realism and bright color. Sir John Everett particularly used a technique whereby he painted
in color on a wet white ground to achieve great effects of luminosity. His Pre-Raphaelite picture Christ in the House of
His Parents brought upon him a storm of criticism. His greatest paintings were perhaps his subject less figurative pictures,
The Blind Girl and Autumn Leaves, of the mid 1850's. Later he reverted to a more anecdotal style of subject
picture and gave way to a tendency to paint winsome children in a style which, while it derives from Velazquez, is still over-sweet
and sometimes coy. Sir John Everett Millais was a remarkable draughtsman and illustrator; the series of drawings of modern
life subjects which he did in 1853-1854 reflect the moral crisis in which he found himself when he and John Ruskin's (1819-1900)
wife Ellie fell in love. In his later career Sir John Everett Millais gained a great popular reputation and become very rich
largely as a result of the lucrative sale of copyrights of his pictures to print publishers. He was made President of the
Frederic Leighton's death in 1896, but died the same year.
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