The Proscribed Royalist, 1651

The Proscribed Royalist, 1651

Infobox Painting

title= The Proscribed Royalist, 1651
artist= John Everett Millais
year= 1853
type=Oil on canvas
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museum= Collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber

"The Proscribed Royalist, 1651" (1853) is a painting by John Everett Millais which depicts a young Puritan woman protecting a fleeing Royalist after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the decisive defeat of King Charles II by Oliver Cromwell. The Royalist is hiding in a hollow tree, a reference to a famous incident in which Charles himself hid in a tree to escape from his pursuers. Millais was also influenced by Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani".

Millais painted the picture in Hayes, Kent, from a local oak tree that became known as the Millais Oak. [Millais, J.G., "Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais", vol. 1, p.166; See also [ Arborecology, containing a photograph of the Millais oak] ]


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