Turner on Varnishing Day at the Royal Academy

John Everett Millais (British, 1829-1896)

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This portrait of Turner in top hat and coat scrutinizing a painting was drawn in May 1851 and is the last glimpse of Turner, who died seven months later. It was hurriedly sketched by fellow artist John Everett Millais during the “varnishing days” leading up to the Royal Academy’s annual exhibition, when artists were allowed to add finishing touches to their exhibits. Turner attended as he had for 60 years, though he was not an exhibitor in 1851.

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John Everett Millais (British, 1829-1896)
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pen and brown ink on white laid paper
8-3/4 x 5-5/8 in. (sheet)
11-1/8 x 7-5/8 in. (mount)
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Kurt F. Pantzer, Sr. Memorial Fund
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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