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Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
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Born (1829-06-08)8 June 1829
Southampton, England
Died 13 August 1896(1896-08-13) (aged 67)
Kensington, London
Nationality UK
Education Royal Academy of Art
Known for Painting, Drawing, Printmaking
Notable work
Ophelia; Christ in the House of His Parents.
Movement Pre-Raphaelitism

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet (8 June 1829 – 13 August 1896) was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was a child prodigy who, aged eleven, became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded at his family home in London, at 83 Gower Street (now number 7). Millais became the most famous supporter of the style.

By the mid-1850s Millais was moving away from the Pre-Raphaelite style to develop a new form of realism in his art. His later works were enormously successful, making Millais one of the wealthiest artists of his day.

Millais was also very successful as a book illustrator, notably for the works of Anthony Trollope and the poems of Tennyson. His complex illustrations of the parables of Jesus were published in 1864. His father-in-law commissioned stained-glass windows based on them for Kinnoull parish church, Perth. He also provided illustrations for magazines such as Good Words.

Millais was elected as an associate member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1853, and was soon elected as a full member of the Academy, in which he was a prominent and active participant. In 1896, Millais was elected President of the Royal Academy. Additionally, between 1881 and 1882, Millais was elected and acted as the president of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Millais died in 1896 and is buried in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. The Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII) chaired a memorial committee which commissioned a statue of the artist. This was installed at the front of the National Gallery of British Art (now Tate Britain) in the garden on the east side in 1905.

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