John Everett Millais (English, 1829-1896) was a child prodigy who at age eleven was admitted to the prestigious school of the Royal Academy of Arts. There he met Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and other like-minded artists who came to reject the exaggerated poses and conventions of Mannerism, the preferred style of the day. In 1848 they founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a reform movement in the arts aimed at returning to the detailed realism popular before the age of Italian Renaissance master Raphael Sanzio.
Millais became one the premier English portrait painters of this time and enjoyed great financial success. Elected President of the Royal Academy in early 1896, he died later that year.
Contains five each of the following notecards, with a blank interior:
The Bridesmaid, 1851
The Farmer’s Daughter, c. 1863