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Oil painting - Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru
  • Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru
    John Everett Millais, born 1829 - died 1896
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Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1846 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Everett Millais, born 1829 - died 1896 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Henry Hodgkinson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

The unusual subject of this painting is the capture of the Inca emperor Atahualpa by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1532. As a model for Pizarro, Millais used an actor who had recently appeared in a play of the same name. Millais was only 16 when he painted this work. It belonged to his half-brother.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


1846 (painted)


John Everett Millais, born 1829 - died 1896 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

Signed (in monogram) and dated indistinctly in red by the artist, lower right


Height: 128.3 cm estimate, Width: 171.7 cm estimate, Height: 1630 mm frame, Width: 2065 mm frame, Depth: 155 mm frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by Henry Hodgkinson, 1897

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru', John Everett Millais, 1846

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 191-93
Rosenfeld, Jason and Smith, Alison, John Everett Millais: illustrator and narrator, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, 2008


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Mother and children; Crucifix; Religion; Priest




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