Etching on india with very large margins, platemark 180 x 130mm (7 x 5"). Uncut sheet; foxing to margins.
Early etching by Pre-Raphaeilite painter John Everett Millais (1829-96). From 'Passages from the Poems of Thomas Hood, illustrated by the Junior Etching Club' (1858). The print illustrates the often-anthologised poem of the same name by Hood (1799-1845), specifically the fourth stanza: 'And her hat with shady brim,/ Made her tressy forehead dim;-/ Thus she stood amid the stooks/ Praising God with sweetest looks'. This print was made during the six years Millais and his wife Effie spent living in Scotland. 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.
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[Ref: 35884] £280.00