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photograph - Portrait of John Everett Millais in his studio
  • Portrait of John Everett Millais in his studio
    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914
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Portrait of John Everett Millais in his studio

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    July 1886 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    photographic print on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1505

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rupert Potter (1832-1914), father of the children's writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), took up photography in the 1860s when it was still a relatively new art form. An enthusiastic and skilled amateur, he was elected to the Photographic Society of London in 1869 and later contributed to photographic exhibitions. Rupert assisted the artist Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), a close friend, by photographing backgrounds for paintings and sitters for portraits. His favourite subject, however, was Beatrix herself and his prolific legacy of several hundred photographs forms a broad pictorial account of her life from infancy to marriage.

This photograph shows the artist Sir John Everett Millais in his studio in July 1886. Beatrix Potter recounted her first visit to the painter's studio in her journal, on the 11th of November, 1883: ‘Went with papa and mamma to Mr. Millais’. First time I ever was in the house oddly enough. Hadn’t the least idea I was going, which was perhaps as well, or I should have been more nervous. After thinking in a sleepy way about the chance of going, its coming true seems like a dream. He was very kind indeed.’

Physical description

Landscape format photograph showing John Everett Millais sat in an interior (his studio). Behind him two portrait paintings stand on easels; there is a fireplace and a table on the left.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

July 1886 (made)

Artist/maker

Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

photographic print on paper

Dimensions

Height: 15.9 cm sheet, Width: 21.6 cm sheet

Object history note

Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) in 1973 as part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of ca. 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.

Descriptive line

Photograph of John Everett Millais in his studio, taken by Rupert Potter in July 1886; LB.2024.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection: the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material: watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985. p.211; no.2024
p.211; no.2024
Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection : the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material : watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985.

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Studio; Artists

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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