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Euphemia ('Effie') Chalmers (née Gray), Lady Millais

1 of 3 portraits of Euphemia ('Effie') Chalmers (née Gray), Lady Millais

Euphemia ('Effie') Chalmers (née Gray), Lady Millais, by Thomas Richmond, 1851 - NPG 5160 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Euphemia ('Effie') Chalmers (née Gray), Lady Millais

by Thomas Richmond
oil on board, arched top, 1851
31 7/8 in. x 20 7/8 in. (810 mm x 530 mm)
Given by Dr D.M. McDonald, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG 5160


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The portrait was commissioned by Ruskin's father and the artist was given £20 in wine for it. After it had been shown at the Academy in 1851, Effie wrote to her mother: '...it is the most lovely piece of oil painting but much prettier than me. I look like a graceful Doll but John and his father are delighted with it'. She is wearing a gold and enamel bracelet brought for her by Ruskin in Geneva when they were on their way to Venice in 1849.

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