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John Everett Millais - Mariana



John Everett Millais was born on 8 June 1829 at Southhampton, England, youngest of 3 children of John William Millais and Emily Mary Hodgkinson, née Evamy. He is expelled from school, but his mother assumes his education with art lessons by a Mr Bessel.

Admitted to the Royal Academy in 1840 where he stays until 1847, after having spent about two years at Sass' Art Academy from 1838-40.


Millais was also very successful as a book illustrator, notably for the works of Anthony Trollope and the poems of Tennyson. His complex illustrations of the parables of Jesus were published in 1864. His father-in-law commissioned stained-glass windows based on them for Kinnoull parish church, Perth. He also provided illustrations for magazines such as Good Words. In 1869 he was recruited as an artist for the newly founded weekly newspaper The Graphic.

En español:

John tal... nació no sé qué, 3 hijos... blah blah blah... pintó eso, luego otras cosas y murió.

Esta obra ilustra un poema de Tennyson.

This poem begins with the description of an abandoned farmhouse, or grange, in which the flower-pots are covered in overgrown moss and an ornamental pear tree hangs from rusty nails on the wall. The sheds stand abandoned and broken, and the straw ("thatch") covering the roof of the farmhouse is worn and full of weeds. A woman, presumably standing in the vicinity of the farmhouse, is described in a four-line refrain that recurs--with slight modifications--as the last lines of each of the poem's stanzas: "She only said, 'My life is dreary / He cometh not,' she said; / She said, 'I am aweary, aweary, / I would that I were dead!'"

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