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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.

Summer Indolence | John Everett Millais | Etching | Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

Summer Indolence
90 x 155 mm (image); 175 x 252 mm (bevelled plate); 213 x 266 mm (sheet)

Original etching, 1861. The plate monogrammed and dated. Published state with the additionally printed name and Plate number 10. From Passages from modern English Poets illustrated by the Junior Etching Club, first published by Day & Son 1862, the Tegg re-issue, 1874-75. On strong wove. The full sheet as issued, gilt on three edges.


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Additional Information about the Print

Three 'complementary' poems accompanied Millais' etching:

  • Indolence (Anonymous);
  • Love in Idleness by Laman Blanchard
  • Summer Idleness by Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen

The poems were chosen by the editor, Alaric A Watts, "calculated to illustrate the predominant sentiment of the design" .