The Yeoman of the Guard

John Everett Millais, John Everett1876

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

This is a portrait of John Charles Montague, who had been a corporal in the 16th Lancers and served for more than twenty years in India. He distinguished himself in battle on several occasions. When he retired in 1847 he was appointed a Yeoman of the Guard. Millais shows him the uniform of the yeomen, usually known as 'Beefeaters'. The painting was done in 1876, when Millais was then at the height of his fame. This picture remained one of his favourites, as well as being popular with the public.

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  • Title: The Yeoman of the Guard
  • Creator: Sir John Everett Millais
  • Date Created: 1876
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Mrs Hodgkinson 1897
  • Physical Dimensions: w1118 x h1397 mm
  • Original Title: The Yeoman of the Guard
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas