Painter of the Week: John Everett Millais. Today: Sir Isumbras at the Ford (1857) Lady Lever Art Gallery
A Dream of the Past: Sir Isumbras at the Ford (1857) is a painting by John Everett Millais depicting a medieval knight helping two young peasant children over a swollen river. The children are carrying heavy burdens of wood for winter fuel. Though the title refers to the medieval poem Sir Isumbras, the painting does not illustrate a scene from the original text. However Millais’s friend, the writer Tom Taylor, wrote verse in a pastiche of the original poem, describing the event depicted. This was included in the original exhibition catalogue.
John Everett Millais was an English painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
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