Sir John Everett Millais, BtSpeak! Speak! 1895

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Speak! Speak!
Date 1895
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1676 x 2108 mm frame: 2090 x 2537 x 135 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1895
Not on display


"Speak! Speak!" was painted at Millais's Scottish home near Bowerswell and the interior setting for the painting was modelled on the turret room of the castle at Murthly in Perthshire, the estate that Millais rented from 1881 for shooting and fishing and where he spent much of his time during the later years of his career. The four poster bed which occupies a large portion of the canvas was copied from a bed bought in Perth expressly for this purpose. The lamp was likewise painted from a specially-made copy of a lamp that Millais had seen and made a sketch of in the Victoria and Albert Museum… (read more)

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