Ash continues his series of tall, slim albums of the work of Victorian English artists with a presentation of the Pre-Raphaelite Millais (1829^-96). A child prodigy (his winning a prize at age nine so incensed older fellow art students that they hung him upside down until he fainted), Millais later figured in one of the biggest Victorian scandals, the annulment for nonconsummation of the marriage of art critic John Ruskin, whose young ex then married Millais. His facility allowed him to become prolific and prosperous, but he had to alter his style from Pre-Raphaelite precisionism to a more painterly manner that makes his portraiture, especially, immediately evident as contemporary to that of Whistler. Forty colorplates appear here, with ample annotations on facing pages; they include the famous Pre-Raphaelite works, Christ in the House of His Parents
, and the much later Bubbles
, one of the first fine artworks to be exploited by advertising, in its case, by the Pears soap company. Ray Olson
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