Cherry Ripe: John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais: Cherry Ripe

Cherry Ripe by John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite painter was exhibited at the Exposition Internationale in Paris in 1889, twenty years after it was painted in 1879. It depicts a little girl named Edie Ramage in fancy dress. She was the niece of William Thomas who was the the editor of The Graphic art magazine.

Here Millais turns away from the Pre-Raphaelite concern with the Medieval and exhaustive detail and towards classical idealisation and shows considerable skill in the painting of the textures of the dress and pink bow. Indeed, it is said that the present picture was inspired by Joshua Reynolds’s portrait of Penelope Boothby.

John Everett Millais’s Cherry Ripe is in a private collection after being sold in in a Sotheby’s Auction in 2004.

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