John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

An English painter and illustrator, Millais studied at the Royal Academy schools from the age of eleven, winning all the academy prizes, and at seventeen, exhibited his first picture. As a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelites, he was influenced towards imagination and symbolism, but by the 1850s, he broke into a more original style. His later works are remarkable for their technical qualities. By 1863, he had become more academic, and his style was now broader, choosing content that catered to more popular tastes. He executed many illustrations for books; his work from this period is considered of a poorer quality. By 1870, he painted his first landscapes, and during this period, he executed many portraits. He was elected president of the Royal Academy in 1896.









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