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Frank Holl RA, Portrait of Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, PRA

Portrait of Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, PRA, 1886

Frank Holl RA (1845 - 1888)

RA Collection: Art

By 1886 Frank Holl and J.E. Millais had become the most successful portrait painters of their age, so it was particularly fitting that Holl should choose to paint a portrait of Millais as his Diploma Work.
Holl was renowned for his portraits of the great men of the day, including W.E. Gladstone, John Tenniel and Joseph Chamberlain.
Holl has painted Millais in the latter’s studio, thereby enabling Millais to work as he sat. However there is no incidental detail in the background, as this portrait typically concentrates on essentials in order to capture a true likeness. The sombre tones of Holl’s painting reveal the influence of Velázquez and Rembrandt, both of whom he greatly admired.

Object details

Title
Portrait of Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, PRA
Artist/designer
Frank Holl RA (1845 - 1888)
Date
1886
Object type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions

1308 mm x 1168 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1342
Acquisition
Diploma Work given by Frank Holl RA accepted 1886

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