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John Everett Millais (8 June 1829  13 August 1896)  Louise Jopling  Oil on canvas, 1879  76.2 x 125.1 cm  (30
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Title: Louise Jopling
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John Everett Millais (8 June 1829 – 13 August 1896)
Louise Jopling
Oil on canvas, 1879
76.2 x 125.1 cm
(30" x 4' 1¼")
Private collection

Born to a Manchester railway contractor, Louise studied art in Paris in 1867, worked in painting and illustration, and married the watercolourist Joseph Jopling, a great friend of Millais’s. The dress came from Paris, and Millais’s tone and vivacious style resemble that of French artists such as Manet, and led the way for the Continental manner of Sargent – marked by fluid brushwork, attractive poses and costumes, and sharp observations of personality and social position – to succeed in England.
 

Millais’ family had already gone to Scotland, he was to join them later on, so that he and I had the place entirely to ourselves. I arrived there about 10.30, stood until lunch-time, and then had about another hour after. It took him exactly five days… Rather a deplorable thing happened to me, however. Of course I naturally made my expression as charming as I possibly could, and on the third day it was just delightful in the portrait. An imperceptible smile was on the lips, and in the eyes shone a tender, soft expression. I was more than satisfied. We commenced talking about other things, and, alas, I forgot to keep my designedly beautiful expression, for our subject was something that made me feel very indignant, and suddenly Millais said: "Oh, we mustn’t go on talking like this!" and looked doubtfully at me, and doubtfully at the picture. Down I jumped off the model table, and ran to look at it. All its beautiful expression had vanished, and in its place had come the look that I must have had – a defiant, rather hard one… Still, perhaps it is as well, for no doubt the face gained in character, and perhaps, to live with, is better than a sugary-sweet ”
expression.”

Louise Jopling describes sitting for Millais
in her Twenty Years of My Life: 1867 to 1887, 1925
 
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