Sir John Everett Millais by Sir Thomas Brock, K.C.B., R.A. 1847-1922. 1904. Bronze, on a carved stone pedastel, and plinth. Location: John Islip Street, behind the Tate Gallery, London. [Click on these images to enlarge them.]
Until quite recently, this statue occupied a much more prominent position in front of Tate Britain. It shows the artist standing in front of his stool, with his palette in one hand and a brush in the other. He has a cloth and more brushes by his feet. The stool has a padded top and two small drawers, one with a knob and one with a drop handle, only visible from the rear. It seems a shame that the statue, which nicely demonstrates the "naturalistic rendering" (Read 291) that Brock had learnt in the studio of John Henry Foley, should have been relegated to this spot, where few Tate visitors will come across it.
- Statue of Millais under two different light conditions
- Three-quarters rear view from below
- Close-up of figure
- Sculptor's name and date on base
Photographs by Jacqueline Banerjee andf George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]
Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1982.
Last modified 18 April 2013