Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt(1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 76 portraits
Artist associated with 41 portraits
Painter born in Southampton. Millais entered the Royal Academy schools at the age of eleven, exhibiting his first work at the RA aged sixteen. In 1848 together with William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti he formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He painted some of the movement's masterpieces, including Lorenzo and Isabella and Christ in the House of His Parents, works that also caused furious controversy. Millais was created a baronet in 1885 and succeeded Frederic Leighton as President of the RA in 1896.
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by Henry Jamyn Brooks
oil on canvas, 1889
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