Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
- Extended Catalogue Entry
Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, 1857
7 3/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. (188 mm x 141 mm) oval
Sitterback to top
- 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.
Artistback to top
- (George) Herbert Watkins (1828-1916), Photographer. Artist associated with 260 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Watkins's photograph was originally taken for his National Gallery of Photographic Portraits but not issued as part of this series. In a letter to Herbert Fry (1 June 1858) Millais wrote of this portrait: 'The profile is much the best of the two, and considered by all an admirable likeness'. Millais was created a baronet in 1885 and succeeded Frederic Leighton as President of the Royal Academy in 1896.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Victorian Portraits Resource Pack, p. 3
- Funnell, Peter, Victorian Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 3
- Lucinda Hawksley, Charles Dickens and his Circle, 2016, p. 94
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 430
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Characters and Caricatures: Photographs by Herbert Watkins (3 June 2013 - 17 November 2013)
Events of 1857back to top
Current affairsPalmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.
Art and scienceElizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.
InternationalThe Indian Revolt was a significant rebellion against the rule of the East Indian Company and a culmination of decades of discontent about British rule. After a year of horrific violence on both sides, the revolt was suppressed. It led to a more involved role by the British government in India, taking over responsibility from the East India Company.
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