Saturday, September 28, 2013

Boyce, Rossetti and Millais

Millais's sensual 1857 portrait of his sister-in-law Sophy Gray at 13 was quickly sold to George Price Boyce and never displayed in public till after Millais' death. Boyce then commissioned Rossetti to paint Fanny Cornforth as a pendant to the Sophy picture. The title means Kissed Mouth and Holman Hunt considered it scandalous with a 'gross sensuality'. Sophy and Fanny were hung together in Boyce's house

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