Lot 7
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Sir John Everett Millais, P.R.A.

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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  • Sir John Everett Millais, P.R.A.
  • Sweetest Eyes were Ever Seen
  • pen and ink with bodycolour
  • 23.5 by 17cm., 9¼ by 6¾in.


J.S. Maas & Co, London where purchased by the present owner

Catalogue Note

This is a sketch for Millais' painting of 1881 Sweetest Eyes were Ever Seen (National Galleries of Scotland) depicting Miss Beatrice Buckstone, grand-daughter of a famous comedian who Millais' daughters met at the St. James' Theatre in the winter of 1880-1. She also posed for Cinderella and Caller Herrin. Millais' son said of her; 'Her face was simply perfect, both in form and colour, and nothing more could be more charming than the contrast between the bright golden hair and those big, blue-grey Irish eyes that peeped at you from under the shade of the longest black lashes that ever adorned a human face. The pictures for which she sat in no way exaggerated her beauty; they were but portraits of her own sweet self.' (J.G. Millais, The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais, vol.II, 1899, p.128)