'Ferdinand Lured by Ariel', John Everett Millais
Painting not on display
This painting has been temporarily removed, to be returned soon.
This is an unusual acquisition for George Holt, who tended to prefer works of high finish to sketches. The subject is from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’: the magical sprite Ariel, servant to Prospero, leads the shipwrecked Ferdinand to his master. Ariel holds a seashell and is carried through the air by weird spirits playing music.
This is a study for a much more finished painting, shown at the Royal Academy in 1850, in which the light and fluid treatment of Millais's sketch was replaced by minutely depicted Pre-Raphaelite detail.
Medium and Support: Oil on board
Accession No: WAG 273