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02 July 2019From Pre-Raphaelite to President: John Everett Millais RA
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From Pre-Raphaelite to President: John Everett Millais RA Lizzie Darbyshire Tuesday 02 July 2019

Lizzie Darbyshire spoke to us a couple of years ago about the conflict between Ruskin and Whistler in 1877 over the latter’s painting entitled’ Nocturne in Black and Gold. On this occasion she will show us how Millais’ reputation was saved – despite Dickens’ savage criticism of his painting ‘Christ in the home of his parents’ – by Ruskin’s intervention. Millais was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group that had a revolutionary effect on British painting. Yet Millais later developed into the very opposite of a revolutionary by becoming a fashionable painter and eventually becoming President of the Royal Academy. And… he also repaid Ruskin’s support by running off with his wife, Effie. It’s a great story!


Reading: Paul Barlow, Time Present and Past, the Art of John Everett Millais (Ashgate, 2005)