Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
- Extended Catalogue Entry
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)
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Sitterback to top
- Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 74 portraits, Artist associated with 41 portraits.
Artistback to top
- David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Hacking, Juliet, Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 28 February to 14 May 2000), p. 69
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 34
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 33
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 67
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 430
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Victorian Masquerade (22 October 2012 - 2 June 2013)
- Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield (28 January 2000 - 14 May 2000)
Events of 1860back to top
Current affairsAn early feminist movement, The Society for Promoting the Employment of Women is founded by Adelaide Anne Proctor, Emily Faithfull, Helen Blackburn, Bessie Parks, Emily Davies, Barbara Bodichon, and Jessie Boucherett.The Florence Nightingale Training School for Nurses opens at St Thomas's Hospital, in London, funded from the testimonial fund collected for Nightingale following her war services, and helping to establish nursing as a profession.
Art and scienceWilliam Morris and new wife Jane Burden move into the Red House, near Bexleyheath, Kent. The house, designed by Philip Webb, represents Morris's principle in interior design, that no object should be in a house that is not beautiful.Ford Madox Brown paints The Last of England, showing a boat of emigrants leaving England under desperate circumstances, inspired by the emigration of the Pre-Raphaelite Thomas Woolner to Australia in 1852.
InternationalItalian unification continues as the Treaty of Turin brings much of Northern Italy under nationalist leader Cavour's control, who cedes Savoy and Nice to France. Garibaldi siezes the opportunity to invade Marsala in Sicily with his army of 1,000 redshirts, proclaiming himself dictator in the name of Victor Emmanuel II. Republican Abraham Lincoln becomes President of the US, with only 39% of the popular vote.
Exhibitions and displays
- A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
Until 1 October