30 November 2001,
Price realised GBP 9,400
GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt., P.R.A. (1829-1896)
The reading lesson
oil on canvas
13 x 11 1/8 in. (33 x 28.3 cm.)
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A letter set in the reverse of this picture's frame reads '24th of May 1870, Dear Sir, The little picture of an old woman in black is an early work of mine, Yours truly John Everett Millais'. The picture probably dates from 1846-7 and was presumably executed for the dealer Ralph Thomas who employed Millais to paint works of this kind.
We are grateful to Dr Malcolm Warner for his help in the preparation of this catalogue entry.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
E. Bullock (+); Christie's, London, 21 May 1870, lot 65 (31 gns to Permain).
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