Mrs Bischoffsheim

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt (1829-1896)


Oil on canvas

1364 x 918 mm

Courtesy Tate Britain, Ref. N05572. Presented by Lady Fitzgerald 1944

Tate Britain commentary by Rebecca Virag: “Mrs Clarissa Bischoffsheim was the wife of the prominent Dutch financier, Henry Louis Bischoffsheim, of the house of Bischoffsheim and Goldschmidt. Mrs Bischoffsheim, or 'Mrs Bisch' as she was sometimes affectionately known, was at the centre of a wealthy and cosmopolitan social circle which revolved around Bute House, the Bischoffsheim's home in South Audley Street (now the Egyptian Embassy). The Bischoffsheims collected art and owned a number of old master portraits, including examples by Reynolds and Gainsborough, and it is likely that Millais's portrait was contrived to emulate the grand manner of the eighteenth-century portraiture that the Bischoffsheim's owned.” [cont. below]

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