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John Everett Millais (8 June 1829  13 August 1896)  John Ruskin  Oil on canvas, 18531854  78.7 cm × 68 cm (31.0 in × 27 in)  Private Collection
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Title: John Ruskin
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John Everett Millais (8 June 1829 – 13 August 1896)
John Ruskin
Oil on canvas, 1853–1854
78.7 cm × 68 cm (31.0 in × 27 in)
Private Collection

John Ruskin is a painting of the leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin (1819–1900). It was painted by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (1829–1896) during 1853–4. John Ruskin was an early advocate of the Pre-Raphaelite group of artists and part of their success was due to his efforts.

The painting depicts Ruskin in front of a waterfall in Glenfinlas, Scotland. Ruskin and Millais spent the summer of 1853 together at Glenfinlas in the Trossachs. Ruskin was especially interested in the rock formations and undertook his own studies of these.

The painting of Ruskin was started during this visit and finished in 1854. The last stages of work on the painting were undertaken in Millais' studio in London. By that time Ruskin's wife Effie had fallen in love with Millais. She left Ruskin and sued him for an annulment of the marriage. She and Millais were married the following year. Millais found it very difficult to be in the same room as Ruskin. As soon as the portrait was finished he broke off contact with Ruskin. Ruskin himself temporarily moved the portrait so that his father would not see it, since he was concerned that he would damage or destroy it.

It is currently held in a private collection, but was displayed at a exhibition on the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain in London during 2004.

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