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Sir John Everett Millais P.R.A.   
Southampton 1829 - 1896 London

Millais, co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelites, like Holman Hunt, joined The Etching Club, though by the mid-1850's, when they became members, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood itself (founded 1848) had dissolved. From that period Millais's painting became increasingly 'Academic' (he would be elected President of the Royal Academy in 1896) and sentimental.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, several of whose members were also poets themselves, had, like the Etching Club, a strong literary bias. Millais etched a total of eleven plates between 1850 and 1878. Of these, five were published by the old Etching Club and three were produced under the auspices of the Junior Etching Club.

Ruth | John Everett Millais | Etching | Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

Hartnoll & Eyre 26
128 x 87 mm (borderline); 179 x 129 mm (sheet) [plate 230 x 171 mm]

Original etching, 1858. The plate signed with the monogram and the dated. Printed on laid india paper on cream wove with narrow margins. Presumably as originally issued in Passages from the Poems of Thomas Hood, illustrated by the Junior Etching Club, published by E Gambart 1858, but the india paper since dislaid and relaid.


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Millais' etching 'illustrated' Thomas Hood's poem "Ruth" and relates to the fourth of the five stanzas.

And her hat with shady brim,
Made her tressy forehead dim; -
Thus she stood amid the stooks
Praising God with sweetest looks.