Sir John Everett Millais (Pre-Raphaelite painters series)

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A child prodigy - he entered the Royal Academy as its youngest ever student at the age of just 11 - John Everett Millais (1829-1896) rose to prominence as one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In the view of the art critic John Ruskin, Millais was "the most powerful of them all", but he also allied himself with the Victorian artistic establishment. He achieved fame and great wealth as the painter of some of the era's best-known pictures, including "Ophelia", "Christ in the House of His Parents" and "The Boyhood of Raleigh", as well as portraits of the most celebrated men and fashionable women of the day, numerous paintings of children, engravings and illustrative work. His private life was considered scandalous (he was expelled from school and ran off with Effie, the wife of Ruskin), and yet he rose to the highest ranks of British society, becoming the first artist to be made a baronet, and was elected President of the Royal Academy. His burial in St Paul's Cathedral was a final measure of public acclaim for a painter whose work has never been equalled. Published to coincide with the centenary of the death of Millais, the book celebrates the life and work of the most successful British painter of the 19th century.

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Ash continues his series of tall, slim albums of the work of Victorian English artists with a presentation of the Pre-Raphaelite Millais (1829^-96). A child prodigy (his winning a prize at age nine so incensed older fellow art students that they hung him upside down until he fainted), Millais later figured in one of the biggest Victorian scandals, the annulment for nonconsummation of the marriage of art critic John Ruskin, whose young ex then married Millais. His facility allowed him to become prolific and prosperous, but he had to alter his style from Pre-Raphaelite precisionism to a more painterly manner that makes his portraiture, especially, immediately evident as contemporary to that of Whistler. Forty colorplates appear here, with ample annotations on facing pages; they include the famous Pre-Raphaelite works, Christ in the House of His Parents and Ophelia, and the much later Bubbles, one of the first fine artworks to be exploited by advertising, in its case, by the Pears soap company. Ray Olson

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