Bubbles

Bubbles

Sir John Everett Millais (1829-96)

1865-66

Illustration of the original oil painting

109.2 x 78.7 cm

Now in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight

Source: Millais, facing p.186

Used in a Pears soap advertisement, Bubbles was seen as pandering to popular taste. But art-critic Marion Spielmann leapt to its defence. [Commentary continues below.]

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