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

Study of two rooks for 'Christmas Eve 1887', 1887-8

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 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
Date
1887-8
Object type
Drawing
Place of Publication
United Kingdom
Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
02/264
Acquisition
Given by Mary, Lady Millais 1945

recto

Title
Study of two rooks for 'Christmas Eve 1887'
Medium
Pen and ink on buff-coloured wove card
Dimensions

260 mm x 390 mm

verso

Title
Preparatory drawing for a portrait, possibly that of Gertrude Vanderbilt
Medium
Pencil on buff-coloured wove card
Dimensions

390 mm x 260 mm

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