John Everett Millais Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

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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.

John Everett Millais 
Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind 
Production Date:
oil on canvas 
Size (hxw):
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 

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