John Ruskin

Sir John Everett Millais


Physical Description

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 31 x 26 3/4 in.
Signature: JM
Date on Image: 1854
Note: Inscribed with initials in monogram and date.

Production Description

Production Date: 1853-1854
Exhibition History: Fine Art Society, 1884
Original Cost: Ruskin's father paid £350 for the picture
Model: John Ruskin


Current Location: Private Collection
Archival History: John Ruskin; Private Collection

Scholarly Commentary


Ruskin's dictatorial attitude coupled with DGR's headstrong nature caused conflict between the two men. In his early career DGR greatly admired Ruskin, but came to resent his interference. DGR executed one satirical and one highly finished sketch of Ruskin.

Production History

This work was executed primarily during Millais's four month holiday at Brig O' Turk in Scotland with Ruskin and his wife Effie, with whom Millais fell in love and eventually married.


  • The Pre-Raphaelites, Tate 1984, 115-117 (no.56).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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