Antique Photogravure from the original 1800’s painting, A Letter For The Squire, by John Everitt Millais, ENGLISH SCHOOL
From the Portfolio, (late 1800's) One Hundred Crowned Masterpieces of Modern Painting being a collection of photogravures, from the most celebrated works of contemporary artists of all nations; with descriptions by J. E. Reed, A. M., and other writers; Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., Publishers.
Photogravure #19 Volume II
This gravure was produced in 1888 on heavy, quality stock period paper.
Approximate Measurements: 11.75” X 17” with the image measuring slightly under 10.5” x 8.5”
New Frame: 16x20 with 11x14 opening; double matted
Framed using ARTCARE frame with UV Blocking Glass, Archival Matting, and Anti Aging Liner
(Proven by Scientists, Trusted by Museums)
Not a reprint or reproduction. The embossed edge of the plate imprint can be seen lightly around the image on the front and back. "Of The Period" print.
Description leaf is included in the sale and the script from 1888 reads the following:
There is a quiet, quaint, confidential feeling about this little lass in the painting which at once and with surprising subtlety arouses in the beholder a kindly sentiment for herself and her mission.
Modesty, innocence and simplicity are marked on her pretty face; her plain peasant dress and sun-bonnet are as fresh as her face is fair, and after the critic has admitted her to his whole heart he becomes curious as to her mission.
“A letter for the Squire” – for the potentate of the Manor House – what is it about? – An appeal for charity? An appeal for right? A notice of a meeting of the Fox-hounds or a Race Cup? What can that mysterious envelope contain?
The letter-girl seems rather more than half impressed with her errand, and looks more important than she would do in her every-day manner, because of the fact that she is a courier to the Squire.
Mr. Millais is exceedingly happy when treating of children. His “My First Sermon,” “Early Days,” “My Second Sermon,” “Sleeping” and “Waking” may be named in illustration of this.
John Everitt Millais, R. A., was born at Southampton, 1829; he was educated in the Channel Islands. In 1847 he received the gold medal of the Academy for his historical painting, “The Tribe of Benjamin Seizing the Daughters of Shiloh.” In 1850 his famous “Huguenot Lovers” was exhibited; in 1860, “The Black Brunswicker;” in 1867, “The Minuet;” 1871, “Chill October” and “Yes or No;” 1873, “Hearts are Trumps;” 1876, “Over the Hills and Far Away;” 1877, “Effie Deans.” In 1878 he sold his “Bride of Lammermoor” for $15,000.
He is considered the leading portrait painter to-day in England.
“In 1871 Millais electrified once more the art-loving public by the unsurpassable truth of his “Chill October,” a landscape picture, the exquisite subdued tone of which is one great element of its strength.” – Mrs. Tytler’s “Modern Painters.”
“The critics will differ as to the qualities of each composition; but no single individual will venture to question the genius and consummate ability of the artist. Mr. Millais is one of the most powerful painters enrolled in the list of Academicians.” – Art Journal, June, 1875.
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