Portrait of Sophie Gray: John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais: Portrait of Sophie Gray

In 1857 John Everett Millais painted a Portrait of Sophie Gray, the sister of Millais’s wife and muse Effie Gray. Millais exploits the decorative nature of the long tresses of Sophie’s hair which frame a face that is self-possessed and confidently looks out at the viewer and could almost be mistaken as a modern portrait. Millias and both Sophie and Effie Grey were prominent figures in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, with Sophie modelling for works such as Autumn Leaves.

John Everett Millais’s Portrait of Sophie Gray is in a private collection and is frequently exhibited

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