In its style, which recalls the works of the eighteenth-century painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, and in its flattering depiction of the fashionable sitters, this picture expresses a gentle and nostalgic vision of family life. Elizabeth, Diana and Mary, daughters of Walter Armstrong of Scotland and London, were in their twenties when Millais painted them. Mary holds most of the trumps and looks towards the viewer. Delicately, the card game hints at sisterly competition in husband-finding.


  • Title: Hearts are Trumps
  • Creator: Sir John Everett Millais
  • Date Created: 1872
  • Provenance: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1945
  • Physical Dimensions: w2197 x h1657 mm
  • Original Title: Hearts are Trumps
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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