[The Young Mother]
Etching on india, very large margins, platemark 210 x 160mm (8¼ x 6¼"). Good impression. Uncut sheet.
Early etching by Pre-Raphaeilite painter John Everett Millais (1829-96), who frequently depicted subjects of children alone or with their mothers in his popular etchings. This print was made during the six years Millais and his wife Effie spent living in Scotland (probably informing the landscape shown here). Effie had annulled her marriage to the critic (and Millais' former mentor) John Ruskin in order to marry the artist, and to escape the bitterness and gossip surrounding their controversial marriage they lived in Perth. This period saw a change in Millais' art as he moved away from the close observation of his Pre-Raphaelite period to produce works more concerned with evoking an overall mood. Published in the portfolio 'Etchings for the Art Union of London by the Etching Club' (1857)
[Ref: 35883] £220.00