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Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, Sketches of a couple fighting
Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, Sketches of a couple fighting

Sketches of a couple fighting

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

Artist/designer
Object type
Drawing
Place of Publication
United Kingdom
Medium
Pencil on cream wove paper
Dimensions

355 mm x 253 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
02/254
Acquisition
Given by Mary, Lady Millais 1945

recto

Title
Sketches of a couple fighting

verso

Title
Preparatory drawing for 'The Ransom'
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