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Bubbles (LadyLeverArtGallery, Port Sunlight.)
An engaging child in period costume, a portrait of the artist’s grandson, an essay in Dutch 17th century style, an allegory on the ephemeral nature of life or an advert for Pears’ soap? Millais post-Pre-Raphaelite painting Bubbles (1886), now often seen as a benchmark of Victorian sentimentality, actually fits into all these categories. This talk explores its rich and allusive heritage in terms of style, subject and its place in the painter’s career.
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