Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, Preparatory drawing for 'The Ransom'
Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, Preparatory drawing for 'The Ransom'

Preparatory drawing for 'The Ransom', 1853 or later

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

RA Collection: Art

The drawings in this group relate to Millais's painting The Ransom (1860-62; The Getty, Los Angeles), an emotive 16th-century scene depicting a father handing over payment for the release of his two kidnapped daughters.

Although the drawings date from around 1853, Millais did not paint The Ransom until almost ten years later. This scene is one of two compositions that Millais developed in the early 1850s on the theme of ransomed prisoners returning to their families. These sketches of a father reunited with his daughters were drawn at the same time - and sometimes on the same piece of paper - as sketches for The Order of Release, 1746 (1852-53; Tate Britain) which depicts a Highland soldier freed from prison after the failed 1745 Jacobite rebellion. 'The Ransom' was Millais's working title for both compositions at this time.

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Object details

1853 or later
Object type
Pencil on paper

354 mm x 252 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Mary, Lady Millais 1945


Preparatory drawing for 'The Ransom'


Preparatory drawing for 'The Ransom'
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