“Effie” & Millais at Wightwick Manor

Effie Ruskin’s drawing after Millais’ painting, “The Foxglove” 1853. Painting located in Wightwick Manor – Victorian manor house, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, built & furnished under the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement with Pre-Raphaelite works of art (e.g., Burne-Jones,  “Love among the Ruins”). Commissioned by industrialist, Samuel Theodore Mander (1853–1900), the half-timbered, pseudo-medieval house was designed by Edward Ould.

Euphemia (“Effie”) Chalmers Gray became the wife of critic John Ruskin, but later left her husband to marry his protege & her art teacher, the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. This famous Victorian “love triangle” has been dramatised in several plays and an opera.


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