John Everett Millais

1829 Born in Southampton.

1840 Becomes the youngest ever student to attend the Royal Academy Schools.

1846 Has a painting accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy.

1848 Millais, together with William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at a meeting at Millais’ parental home in Gower St in London.

1849 Isabella, his first painting in the Pre-Raphaelite manner is exhibited at the Royal Academy.

1850 The extreme realism of Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop provokes attacks on grounds of blasphemy.

1852 Exhibits Ophelia and A Huguenot at the RA to critical acclaim.

1853 Elected ARA. Spends the summer on holiday in Scotland with the critic John Ruskin and his wife Effie. Millais and Effie fall in love.

1854 Ruskin’s six-year (unconsummated) marriage to Effie is annulled.

1855 The marriage of Millais and Effie causes a scandal. The couple move to Perth near Effie’s parents.

1860’s Increasingly moves away from the tenets of Pre-Raphaelitism.

1870’s Cultivates a highly successful commercial portrait practice.

1885 Created a baronet.

1886 Elected President of the Royal Academy. Dies in London.



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John Everett Millais - Selected Works

1849 Isabella, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

1850 Christ in the House of His Parents, London, Tate

1851 The Woodman’s Daughter, London, Guildhall Art Gallery

1851 The Return of the Dove to the Ark, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

1851 The Bridesmaid , Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum

1852 Ophelia, London, Tate

1853 *The Order of Release *, London, Tate

1853 A Waterfall at Glenfinlas, Delaware, Art Museum

1854 Waiting, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

1856 Autumn Leaves, Manchester City Art Gallery

1856 The Blind Girl, Birmingham, Museums and Art Gallery

1857 Sir Isumbras at the Ford, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery

1858 The Vale of Rest, London, Tate

1859 Spring (Apple Blossoms), Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery

1860 The Black Brunswicker, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery

1870 Boyhood of Raleigh, London, Tate

1873 Mrs Bischoffsheim, London, Tate

1881 John Henry Newman, London, National Portrait Gallery

1886 Bubbles, Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery

John Everett Millais - Featured Paintings

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