Bubbles by Sir John Everett Millais




Sir John Everett Millais

Ref GM3886
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 26" x 38" (66 x 96 cm)
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John Everett Millais was one of the members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and his 1886 painting of his five year old grandson, William Milbourne James, was originally known as `A Child`s World` but later changed to `Bubbles`. The bubble the boy had blown from a clay pipe represented the temporary nature of life. The shattered plant pot at his side is an allegory of death, so it is a maudlin image, but it was purchased by Thomas J. Barrett, Chairman of the Pears Company and grandson-in-law of Andrew Pears who founded the Company, so that it looks as if the bubble came from a bar of Pears soap. The grandson later became an Admiral, but was still known by his nickname of Bubbles.