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John Everett Millais (8 June 1829  13 August 1896)  Cymon and Iphigenia  Oil on canvas, 	1848-1851  160.7 cm × 215.9 cm (63.3 in × 85.0 in)  Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside, United Kingdom)
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Title: Cymon
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John Everett Millais (8 June 1829 – 13 August 1896)
Cymon and Iphigenia
Oil on canvas, 1848-1851
160.7 cm × 215.9 cm (63.3 in × 85.0 in)
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside, United Kingdom)

This bucolic rendering of the theme that has been treated with such dignity by Reynolds and Leighton, is conceived in the spirit of Etty and Frost. Cymon, a rollicking rustic, newly-awakened to the charms of womanhood, is leading the fair maid - little "asham'd of such a guide" - in a riotous dance. Ford Madox Brown declared that Etty "taught Millais and all our school to colour," but added that Millais and, in a minor degree, Mr. Holman Hunt, were the only ones who sought, and found out, his secret. The composition, arrangement of figures, colour, and general design, make this picture an unusually creditable performance for a youth who had just left the schools. Clearly based on Etty - especially in the painting of flesh - it was begun in 1848 and then put on one side when the young artist, converted to Pre-Raphaelitism, threw his energies into the Lorenzo and Isabella. In 1851 he took Cymon up again, and completed the foreground flowers and growth with as much Pre-Raphaelite precision as the picture would bear; but not caring, no doubt, to exhibit it, he sent it to Christie's, , in 1853, it was sold by auction. The humour in the vacant eyes and grinning face of Cymon is quite in the tradition of the Leslie School.
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John Everett Millais (1829-1896)  Thomas Combe, 1850  Oil on canvas  Lent by The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Bequeathed by Mrs Thomas Combe, 1893John Everett Millais (8 June 1829  13 August 1896)  Cymon and Iphigenia  Oil on canvas, 	1848-1851  160.7 cm × 215.9 cm (63.3 in × 85.0 in)  Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside, United Kingdom)John Everett Millais (8 June 1829  13 August 1896)  St. Bartholemew's Day  Oil on canvas, 1886  Private collection
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