The Knight Errant

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt (1829-1896


Oil on canvas

1841 x 1353 mm

Courtesy Tate Britain, Ref. N01508. Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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Tate Britain Commentary by Rebecca Virag: “The Knight Errant is a large painting in which the figures are almost life size. When shown at the Royal Academy in 1870, it was accompanied by a text of Millais's own invention which was printed in the exhibition catalogue: 'The order of Knights errant was instituted to protect widows and orphans, and to succour maidens in distress.' [cont. below]”


  • The knight’s bloody sword
  • Robber’s corpse
  • Fleeing robbers
  • The knight’s face & armor