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Sir John Everett Millais

1829 – 1896

The Baby House by John Everett Millais

The Baby House   1872

  Original etching.
Signed in the plate.
Ref: Hartnoll 30
S 265 x 368 mm; P 144 x 184 mm; I 137 x 178 mm
Outstanding impression printed with tone, from the only published edition, as issued by the Etching Club in 1872.

The Baby House is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of J.E.Millais’ etched work and is typical of the style for which he became best known. Indeed John Everett Millais was to become the most famous exponent of the sentimental genre subject of his generation - nowadays his art is looked upon as the very essence of the Victorian era.

This etching also provides a specific link with popular literature of the time - Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s adventures in wonderland had been published in 1865/6 containing John Tenniel’s famous illustrations and its enormous public success was reflected in Victorian art throughout the following decades. The Baby House is J.E.Millais’ definitive statement in this vein.

On off-white chine appliqué on original warm white wove backing sheet, with full margins, as issued. Some foxing at extreme outer edges of sheet, otherwise very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.