John Everett Millais
Oil on canvas
The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund
- Millais depicts a fictional middle-class family in England learning of an important contemporary event, the end of the Crimean War.
- The subject is uncertain, but may be a symbolic commemoration of British military traditions in the Victorian era.
- This painting is an example of the Pre-Raphaelite style, which advocated a return to serious subjects and naturalistic
representation, and emphasized accuracy of detail and color.