Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Licence: CC0 1.0
Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Licence: CC0 1.0

Steps in a Garden


William Henry Millais

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Steps in a Garden




The older brother of John Everett Millais, William Henry was closely associated with the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Following his brother’s encouragement, William sketched extensively from nature in the early 1850s. Here, he painted a sequestered landscape of rough-hewn steps ascending a shady slope. A smattering of light pierces a dense canopy of trees, allowing little to flourish except for the foxgloves that adorn the foreground. Ivy growing on the hillside, a decaying stump, and moss-covered steps suggest the passage of time.
Inscription: inscribed, lower left in purple watercolor: WHM / 1860
Medium: watercolor and gouache with scratch-away technique to create highlights on sturdy-weight wove paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 33.8 x 26 cm (13 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.); Secondary Support: 39 x 32.4 cm (15 3/8 x 12 3/4 in.)
Credit Line: Gift in memory of Helen Borowitz
Accesion Number: 2013.24
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Farnham, England



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