Millais's Devonshire coastal painting shows an episode from the childhood of the famous sixteenth-century explorer Sir Walter Raleigh. The young boys are sitting by a sea wall listening to a sailor's tales of adventures.
Sir John Everett Millais
The Boyhood of Raleigh
120.6 x 142.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 120.6 x 142.2 cm ® Tate, London
John Everett Millais was born in Southampton, the son of John William Millais, a wealthy gentleman from an old Jersey family. His mother's family were prosperous saddlers. Considered a child prodigy, Millais came to London in 1838 and was sent to Sass's Art School. At the Royal Academy he became friendly with fellow student William Holman Hunt, and together with Dante Gabriel Rossetti helped form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.