Peace Concluded
On View In:
Gallery 357
Artist:   John Everett Millais  
Title:   Peace Concluded  
Date:   1856  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   46 x 36 in. (116.84 x 91.44 cm) (canvas) 58 x 48 3/4 x 2 in. (147.32 x 123.83 x 5.08 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund  
Location:   Gallery 357  

At first glance this appears to be a family portrait complete with realistic details of middle-class English decor. In fact, it is a staged scene of domestic harmony, celebrating the end of the Crimean War. The father, a wounded officer, holds a copy of the Times announcing the war's end. One daughter clasps his combat medal. On the mother's lap, four animals from the toy Noah's Ark represent the four belligerents: Britain (lion), Russia (bear), the Ottoman Empire (turkey), and France (rooster). The girl at the left holds a dove with an olive branch in its beak, a symbol of peace. Millais belonged to a group of English painters called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their work emphasized close observation of nature and the depiction of contemporary events.

Name:   Millais, John Everett  
Nationality:   British  
Life Dates:   British, 1829 - 1896  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LL in red: [1856 JEM 56]; monogrammed LL: [18(crown)56]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   A wounded officer lying on his couch, at the head of which is seated his wife. An Irish wolfhound is also lying curled up on the sofa. Arched top.  
Creation Place:   Europe, England, , ,  
Accession #:   69.48  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts