Portrait of Effie Millais (nee Gray)

Millais’ association with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood brought him in contact with the art critic and author, John Ruskin. Ruskin was married to Euphemia Chalmers Gray. In 1854 the marriage was annulled and in 1855 she and Millais were married in her family home, Bowerswell House, in Perth. This episode caused one of the greatest scandals of the Victorian period. Effie was 45 when Millais began this portrait of her. In her lap is a copy of the Cornhill magazine, with harvesting scenes on the cover. Effie is pointing to a thresher. This may be an in-joke between husband and wife, as Effie managed Millais’ work and often pushed him to complete commissions and accept new ones.

  • Material/Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Date: 1873
  • Creator: John Everett Millais
  • Accession number: 3/149
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a