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John Everett Millais Letters to His Daughter Effie


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896

ohn Everett Millais was painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His daughter Effie was one of his favorite models.

The collection consists of a series of over forty autograph letters signed by Millais to his daughter Effie, prefaced by a poem "To Effie" opening "O for the days when her schooling is over"; plus an autograph letter to her father-in-law, Judge Sir William James, two studio photographs of Millais, a signed Carte d'Exposant for the Exposition Universelle de 1878, and a lock of Millais's hair ("cut off at Birnam, October 1874""). A number of the letters bear pen-and-ink sketches; others address his paintings. Disbound from the original volume (covers retained, titled "Millais' Letters to his Daughter Effie"). Several signatures have been excised, a few letters are incomplete, and one apparently was removed from the album at an early date. The letters date from Kensington, Perthshire, and elsewhere.

The files are arranged chronologically.

This collection also available in microfilm.

Purchased in 2013.

This collection was processed by John Delaney in January 2014. Finding aid written by John Delaney in January 2014.

Nothing was discarded or transferred in the processing of this collection.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
John Delaney
Finding Aid Date
Published on January 24, 2014
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Preliminary Material, 1874-1878. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains a carte-de-visite photograph of John Everett Millais, dated 1874; an entrance ticket and signed photograph for Millaid to the Paris Exposition Universelle de 1878; and "To Effie," an illustrated manuscript poem, dayed 10 May 1874.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Effie, 1874-1889. 14 folders.
Scope and Contents

Contains over 40 letters by Millais to his daughter Effie. A lock of his hair ("cut off at Birnam, October 1874") is in folder 2.

Physical Description

14 folders

Original Bound Volume Covers, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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