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Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, A rook in flight - a study for 'Christmas Eve, 1887'
Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, A rook in flight - a study for 'Christmas Eve, 1887'

A rook in flight - a study for 'Christmas Eve, 1887'

Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA (1829 - 1896)

RA Collection: Art

These drawings are preparatory studies for Millais's atmospheric Scottish landscape painting Christmas Eve, 1887. The birds can be seen in the foreground of this snowy scene painted near Murthly Moss in Perthshire, where the Millais family rented a house between 1881-91. However, the style is not particularly similar to other examples of Millais's late drawings and it is possible that they were drawn by his son, John Guille Millais, a naturalist and wildlife artist.

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Object details

Artist/designer
Object type
Drawing
Place of Publication
United Kingdom
Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
02/221
Acquisition
Given by Mary, Lady Millais 1945

recto

Title
A rook in flight - a study for 'Christmas Eve, 1887'
Artist/designer
Date
1887 - 1888
Medium
Pen and ink on buff-coloured card
Dimensions

260 mm x 390 mm

verso

Title
Preparatory drawing for the portrait of Mrs Hardy
Artist/designer
Date
1888
Medium
Black chalk and pen and ink on buff coloured card
Dimensions

39 cm x 26 cm

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