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John Everett Millais

Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind by John Everett Millais

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One of the original Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Millais became a favourite painter of the Victorian era. The title comes from one of Shakespeare's poems;

Blow Blow thou winter wind

Thou art not so unkind

As man's ingratitude…

…Though thou the waters warp,

Thy sting is not so sharp

As friend remember'd not.

This painting is from the end of his career, and helps explain Sir John's popularity with the crowds at the Royal Academy. At the centre is the hapless dog, divided in its loyalty to the shivering mother with her child, and the man who is deserting her.

Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind
Production date
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1270 x 1740 x 83 mm
J.E. Millais 1892 (l.r.). (verso) RR B 1892 no.NM670 Sir J.E. Millais PL/-/- PRA (label). (label) Arthur Tooth and Sons, London.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1933
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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