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William Henry Millais, 1828–1899
Figure by Sir John Everett Millais, 1829–1896

Hayes Common

1852 to 1853
Oil on canvas
22 × 33 7/8 inches (55.9 × 86 cm), Frame: 27 1/4 × 39 3/8 inches (69.2 × 100 cm)

Signed and dated, lower right: "W. Millais 1853"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
basket | child | costume | ferns | field | girl | grass | hills | landscape | path | tree
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Hayes | London | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

William Henry Millais was the elder brother of the painter Sir John Everett Millais and began this closely observed Pre-Raphaelite landscape while staying with John at the George Inn, near Bromley, during the summer of 1852. The brothers painted alongside each other, lending support to the opinion that John added the figure of a child to William’s canvas. The painting was probably finished in a studio the following year. John drew his brother into Pre-Raphaelite circles in the late 1840s and encouraged him to paint landscapes from 1850 onward. This example is typical of the Pre-Raphaelite intensity of vision, in part inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin and the earnestness of his conviction that artists scrutinize the natural world. Both Millais brothers incorporated the oak tree in their work, and it became known as the “Millais Oak” in the nineteenth century, likely after the more successful John.
Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Unto This Last (WattsGallery) (Watts Gallery Trust, 2020-03-10 - 2020-11-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 160-161, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Cummer Gallery of Art, Artists of Victoria's England, [Catalogue of exhibition] February 2-March 14, 1965 , Jacksonville, Florida, 1965, N6767.5 P7 C85 1965 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christiana Payne, Silent Witnesses Trees in British Art, 1760-1870, Sansom & Co., Bristol, p. 164, fig. 88, NX650.T74 P39 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Allen Staley, The Pre-Raphaelite Landscape, Clarendon Press, New Haven, 2001, pp. 205, 206, pl. 165, ND1354.5 S82 2001 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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