Monday, January 18, 2010

Sir John Everett Millais - The Return of the Dove to the Ark

Earlier today ArtMagick shared a link to the Ashmolean Museum website's news concerning The Return of the Dove to the Ark by Sir John Everett Millais. The painting was selected by the Oxford based museum as part of the BBC's new series,
A History of the World.

This is a new partnership between the BBC, the British Museum and other museums and institutions across the UK -
BBC - A History of the World.

Photograph above courtesy Martin Beek.
It was taken in 2008 at the Ashmolean Museum.
Millais's portrait of Thomas Combe is seen to the left in the photograph.

Thomas Combe

Many of the Pre-Raphaelite pictures at the Ashmolean Museum
come from the collection of Thomas Combe and his wife,
important early patrons of the movement.

"Thomas Combe (1796-1872), a senior partner in Oxford University Press from 1851 until his death, was a close friend of Millais, who advised him on the formation of his collection. After Thomas Combe's death, his widow Martha acquired further works by the Pre-Raphaelites, and bequeathed the whole collection to the Ashmolean in 1893."

An interesting article, Jericho and the Pre-Raphaelites:
"Few people are aware that the area of Oxford known as Jericho has a number of striking connections with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ... " continued here.


  1. Thank you for sharing Cathy..and thanks for the link!

  2. Hi Aputsiaq ... very happy you enjoyed this. :)