Place Published: London
Publisher: London Illustrated News
Date Published: 1886
Binding: No binding
London Illustrated News 1886 Christmas edition Chromolithograph after J.E. Millais.
H: 18-3/4 but 17-38 inches with print affixed to top border of a matting
W: 13-1/4 inches.
A young boy sits on a stone with a bowl and a bubble pipe.
JM 1886' Artist monogram and date lower right corner of the print image. Lettered below the image "Bubbles" but trimmed to show only the top half. Below that should have been the printed copy [Painted by Sir J. E. Millais, Bart. R.A. 1886. From the celebrated picture the property of Messrs. A. & F. Pears of London] but this was trimmed off.
Good condition overall and quite attractive when framed.
The child, a young golden-haired boy looking up at a bubble "symbolising the beauty and fragility of life" On his left side is a young plant growing in a pot and on the other, a pot that has fallen and broke, representing death. This young boy model was Willie James, aged five and the artist’s grandson. He went on to be an Admiral in the British Navy and was always referred to (close friends) as “Bubbles”.
Sir Ingram, head of the Illustrated London News bought the original oil painting from an exhibited at Tooth & Sons Gallery, 5 and 6 Haymarket, London, Spring 1886 to reproduce as one of four presentation plates given away with the Illustrated London News, Christmas 1886.
Thomas Barrat saw the painting in his office and immediately decided to buy it. Ingram agreed as long as they could still reproduce it in ILN Christmas edition 1886.
Good. Item #7954