Effie, Alice and Sophie – Inspiration of the pre Raphaelites

 Effie Gray was a historical figure known for her association with the art world and her marriage to the Victorian art critic John Ruskin. She was born in 1828 and grew up in Scotland. Effie married John Ruskin in 1848, but their marriage was famously unconsummated and eventually annulled in 1854 on the grounds of non-consummation. After the annulment, Effie married the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and they had eight children together. Millais’ famous painting “The Order of Release” depicts Effie and her sister Sophie, and it was painted during the time Effie was still married to Ruskin.
 Effie’s sister, Sophie Gray, also played a role in the art world. She was a model for some of Millais’ paintings, including “The Order of Release” and “The Return of the Dove to the Ark.”
Another sister, Alice Gray, also served as a model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Effie Gray’s story and her connections to the Victorian art and literary world have captured the interest of historians and artists alike, making her an intriguing figure from that era.


 “Effie, Alice and Sophie – Inspiration of the pre Raphaelites”
Acrylic on box canvas
 60cm x 60cm
 24” x 24”