Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Little Boy with a Blue Sash 1860c.

Sir John Everett Millais 

Portrait of a Little Boy with a Blue Sash, Sir John Everett Millais
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Oil on canvas
19th Century
18 x 18 inches 45.8 x 45.8 cm
 
The identity of this little boy is unknown, though the blue sash alludes to Royal portraiture and to the Order of the Garter. Like Greuze, Millais has become known for saccharine over-reproduced images of childhood - ''Bubbles'' which became the icon of Pear's soap - but he was an able and penetrating portraitist, whether of children as here or political heavyweights, such as William Gladstone (Christ Church, Oxford)
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