5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in
Alongside commissions to paint some of Britain’s most eminent and powerful politicians, poets, and writers, Millais also sketched members of his family. This portrait appears to depict artist’s son, John Guille Millais, who would go on to become an artist in his own right. Millais’ characteristically soft sketching style is combined with a sensitivity that suggests tenderness towards the sitter, whose long nostrils and thick hair he himself shared. Testament to the value of Millais’ recently reclaimed late works, this image of a thoughtful young man is sensitive without being sentimental, and shows Millais undiminished skill in his later years.