Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

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Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, by David Wilkie Wynfield, 1860s - NPG P79 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1860s
8 1/4 in. x 6 3/8 in. (210 mm x 162 mm)
Purchased, 1929
Primary Collection

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  • David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Alongside his immediate colleagues, Wynfield photographed key members of the wider artistic community, including the leading Pre-Raphaelite artists, Millais and Holman Hunt. His portrait of Millais in the role of Dante, seen here, was particularly convincing. Yet, in the words of the contemporary critic Tom Taylor, in time, the 'masquerade character' of the works created unease about their documentary worth, which obscured their serious agenda. However, a recent reassessment of Wynfield's body of photographs has rediscovered their ideological purpose. This new appraisal indicates how together they communicate a sense of bohemian solidarity, while celebrating in literal terms a shared artistic ethos that proclaims the Victorian artists' empathy with their historical forebears.

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