John Milbank, thence by descent to his son Charles Milbank and by further descent to the present owner
Happy Springtime was based upon Millais' illustration for A Selection of Etchings by the Etching Club, published by Joseph Cundall in 1865. It is believed that the watercolour depicts the artist's wife Effie holding their eldest child Effie Gray Millais who was born in 1858.
This picture is in good condition. The sheet has been laid-down at the edges and is cockling slightly. The colours are strong and there does not appear to have been any fading or staining.
The picture is contained in a simple wooden gilt frame and under glass.
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