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John Everett Millais

John Everett MillaisBorn: 8-Jun-1829
Birthplace: Southhampton, England
Died: 13-Aug-1896
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Cancer - Throat
Remains: Buried, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Painter

Nationality: England
Executive summary: British Pre-Raphaelite painter

Millais attended the Royal Academy Schools, beginning at age eleven. In later years he became president of the Academy, in 1896, just before his death. He also attended Henry Sass's Drawing School.

He helped create the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt who he met at the Royal Academy. He was strongly influenced by the poems of John Keats, and introduced Keats' work to his fellow Pre-Raphaelites.

His paintings include Lorenzo and Isabella (his first Pre-Raphaelite painting), Cymon and Iphigenia, Christ in the House of His Parents, Ferdinand Lured by Ariel, and The Vale of Rest.

Millais' idol Charles Dickens wrote a vicious attack upon the painting Christ in the House of His Parents. After John Ruskin defended the Pre-Raphaelites, Millais met him and his wife Effie Ruskin. A scandalous affair ensued between Millais and Effie, ending in her divorce to Ruskin and her marriage to Millais. They had eight children together.

Millais also was an illustrator for various magazines of his time, and became a portrait painter in his later years. He was very financially successful during his lifetime. He was made a baronet in 1885.

The wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, was the model for Ophelia, spending countless hours in a tub of water. After she became ill from her long exposure to cold water, Millais kindly paid her doctor bills.

Father: John William Millais
Mother: Emily Mary Evarny Millais



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