Hail gentle visitor, well met and all that. I see you’re new around these parts; which is splendid because, between you and me, I don’t get nearly enough activity around my …..[that’s quite enough of that – Mrs Chips]. But seriously, if you landed here for the first time, allow me to apologise. I honestly don’t know what you might have have done to deserve it. One of the great unfairnesses of life, eh what? However, seeing as you’re here, you might as well pull up a palette and help me bludgeon the reputation of an Old Master.
Today’s heartless, artless assault will land squarely on the tender parts of one John Everett Millais. Born in 1829, this child prodigy became the youngest person to have been granted entrance to the Royal Academy of Schools. He later founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and quite a few bits of his life sound just as soapy as the EastEnders – except with talent.