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John Everett Millais: The Ransom  wikidata:Q20184774 
creator QS:P170,Q159606
John Everett Millais: The Ransom
Object type painting
English: The Ransom, oil painting on canvas by John Everett Millais, 1860-62, Getty Center

Standing on the right, a kidnapper firmly grasps the arm of a young girl while an armored knight tries to hand over precious jewels. In this theatrical painting, John Everett Millais depicted a sixteenth-century scene of a father paying ransom for his two daughters.

The subject matter and technique are typical of the Pre-Raphaelite movement founded by Millais. Although he wanted to express a moral seriousness in his work, the drama is unconvincing: the figures are stiff and too large for the room they inhabit. The Ransom received criticism of this kind when it was exhibited, but no one could find fault with Millais's painting technique. The sharp, near-photographic rendering of objects, materials, and individuals display Millais's technical brilliance.

To produce this painting, Millais enlisted the help of those around him. His mother made and designed the costumes. His friend Mr. Miller posed for the head of the knight, while a railway guard named "Strong" was the model for the knight's body. The girls were painted from one model, Miss Helen Petrie, and Major McBean posed as one of the kidnappers. Apparently not pleased with the end result, Millais later referred to this painting as "the picture with the dreadful blue-and-white page in the corner."[1]
Date between circa 1860 and circa 1862
date QS:P571,+1860-00-00T00:00:00Z/8,P1319,+1860-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,+1862-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions 114.3 × 129.5 cm (45 × 50.9 ″)
institution QS:P195,Q29247
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Exhibition history

Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts: MDCCCLXII. The Ninety-Fourth (1862) (Cat. 198) Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1862 Works of Sir John E. Millais, Bart., R.A. (1886) (Cat. 116) Grosvenor Gallery (London), 1886 Exhibition of Works by the Late Sir John Everett Millais (1898) (Cat. 30) Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1898 Loan Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites (September 14 to November, 1911) (Cat. 270) City Art Gallery (Manchester), September 14 to November, 1911 "The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood" (1848-1862) (June 7 to July 27, 1947) (Cat. 63) Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (Birmingham), June 7 to July 27, 1947 The Pre-Raphaelites (February 16 to May 31, 1964) (Cat. 51) Herron Museum of Art (Indianapolis), February 16 to March 22, 1964 Gallery of Modern Art (New York), April 27 to May 31, 1964 Artists of Victoria's England (February 2 to March 14, 1965) (Cat. 36) Cummer Gallery of Art (Jacksonville), February 2 to March 14, 1965 Millais, P.R.B., P.R.A. (January 14 to April 30, 1967) (Cat. 61) Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, January 14 to March 5, 1967 Royal Academy of Arts (London), March 15 to April 30, 1967 The Victorian Rebellion: A Loan Exhibition of Works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Their Contemporaries (September 12 to October 26, 1971) (Cat. 53) Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences (Peoria), September 12 to October 26, 1971 The Revolt of the Pre-Raphaelites (March 5 to April 9, 1972) (Cat. 65) Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables), March 5 to April 9, 1972 Millais (September 26, 2007 to May 18, 2008) (Cat. 69) Tate Britain (London), September 26, 2007 to January 13, 2008

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), February 15 to May 18, 2008
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