Sir John Everett Millais
Oil on canvas
"Charles Holroyd / after / Sir John Millais / of 1880.1897." (red paint b. l.)
Presented to the Garrick Club by 105 members, 1898
Original: Uffizi 849, oil on canvas 86 x 65
Millais holds a palette with four brushes and a thinning pot. He wears a brown jacket, a shirt with a stand-up collar and a black tie.
Sir John, a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848, became from the 1860s onward a leading society portraitist, responsible for some of the definitive images of the great men of Victorian England. Among these his likenesses of Sir John Hare and Sir Henry Irving are in the Garrick Club's collection (G0282 and G0323), as is a case in which are displayed a group of brushes and tubes of paint belonging to the artist. Millais was a Club member from 1855.