Studio portrait of John Everett Millais

Date Created



Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher
D. Appleton & Co., New York publisher

Is Version Of

J. E. Millais, RA, albumen print, approx. 6½ x 8½ in., by Joseph Parkin Mayall (1839-1922), ca. 1883


F. G. Stephens, Artists at Home, photographed by J. P. Mayall and reproduced in facsimile by photoengraving on copper plates; edited, with biographical notes and descriptions, by Frederick George Stephens (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington; New York: Appleton & Co., 1884), n.p.


Millais, John Everett (1829-1896), English painter

Date Issued

April 1884

Date Copyrighted

Photograph copyrighted February 29, 1896. Copyright owner and author of work, Joe Parkin Mayall, 67 Gascony Avenue, West Hampstead, London. Late of 548 Oxford Street, London (Public Records, National Archives, Kew, COPY 1/423/591).
Copyright description: "Photograph of J E Millais [Royal Academy], seated in his studio and holding newspaper."


The artist reclines comfortably in an armchair holding a newspaper.

Is Referenced By

Charlotte Gere, Artistic Circles: Design & Decoration in the Aesthetic Movement  (London: V&A Publishing, 2010), fig. 9, p. 22. 

“Short Notices.” The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), issue 8831, April 16, 1884. "The photo-engravings (representing Messrs. J. E. Millais, S. Cousins, G. A. Lawson, and Marcus Stone in their studios) are very graphic and agreeable, and the accompanying biographical sketches are informing and well written."
“Reviews.” The Art Journal 46 (1884): 256. "The portraits of Mr. Millais and Mr. Marcus Stone are excellent likenesses, but those of Mr. Alma-Tadema and Mr. Pettie somehow miss the distinguishing characteristics of the two men."
Maas, Jeremy. The Victorian Art World in Photographs. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1984. Fig. 203, p. 107.

Mancoff, Debra N., ed. John Everett Millais: Beyond the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Studies in British Art 7. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. Fig. 3, p. 6.

Valentine, Helen, ed. Art in the Age of Queen Victoria: Treasures from the Royal Academy of Arts Permanent Collection. New Haven and London: Royal Academy of Arts, London, in association with Yale University Press, 1999. Reproduced p. 154.
Maas, Jeremy. The Victorian Art World in Photographs. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1984.
pp. 106–7, fig. 203.
Cole, Emily, ed. Lived in London: Blue Plaques and the Stories behind Them. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009. pp. 229–30.


The online edition of this work in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Digital Library Program.




Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts and Rare Books Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Omeka record contributed by Jenifer Norwalk

Date Submitted

September 28, 2016

Date Modified

November 19, 2016
November 21, 2016, by LM
January 20, 2017, by LM

Original Format

Photoengraving on copper

Image size

6.5 in x 8.6 in (16.5 cm x 21.8 cm)

Sheet size

10.75 in x 12.5 in (27.3 cm x 31.75 cm)


(Printed on the mount beneath the image) J P Mayall Photo | London published by Sampson Low Marston Searle & Rivington 188 Fleet St. | Park Lane Studio London | JENIFER: Please complete inscription





Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher, J. E. MILLAIS, R.A.

Cite As

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London publisher and D. Appleton & Co., New York publisher, “J. E. MILLAIS, R.A.,” Victorian Artists at Home, accessed February 6, 2023, https://artistsathome.emorydomains.org/items/show/9.

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