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Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, Squared up sketch for 'A Forerunner'

Squared up sketch for 'A Forerunner', 1895-6

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

RA Collection: Art

These three sheets include preparatory studies for A Forerunner(1895-6; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow), one of Millais's last paintings. The scene depicts St. John the Baptist, the 'forerunner' of Christ, wearing animal skins and standing in a wilderness. These drawings suggest that Millais was experimenting with the pose of the saint who holds up two sticks to bind together, inadvertantly making the sign of the Cross. The painting is one of a group of late works addressing religious themes - including 'St Stephen' (1895) and 'A Disciple' (1895) - all of which feature a single figure painted in sombre, muted tones.

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Object details

Title
Squared up sketch for 'A Forerunner'
Artist/designer
Date
1895-6
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil on tracing paper
Dimensions

c.30.3 cm x 32 cm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
02/212
Acquisition
Given by Mary, Lady Millais 1945
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