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Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, Study of four rooks for 'Christmas Eve 1887'

Study of four rooks 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 near Murthly Moss in Perthshire, where the Millais family rented a house between 1881-91. The drawings are not particularly similar to other late sketches by Millais and may have been made for the artist by his son, John Guille Millais.

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
02/268
Acquisition
Given by Mary, Lady Millais 1945

recto

Title
Study of four rooks for 'Christmas Eve 1887'
Artist/designer
Date
1887-8
Medium
Pen and ink with gouache, charcoal and pencil on thick buff coloured wove card
Dimensions

260 mm x 388 mm

verso

Title
Preparatory drawing for the portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt
Artist/designer
Date
1880s
Medium
Pencil on thick buff coloured wove card
Dimensions

388 mm x 260 mm

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