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Title: Stella

Object Name: painting

Artist/Maker: Millais, Sir John Everett P.R.A., H.R.I., HRCA
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1868

Accession Number: 1908.12
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • oil paint/


  • oil on canvas

Three-quarter length portrait of a young woman depicted as 'Stella', the subject of Jonathan Swift's 'Journal to Stella', in profile to the right with her face turned to three-quarter view. She has long dark hair, which is tied away from her face with a lace and ribbon cap, a string of coral beads around her neck, and an ivory-coloured dress patterned with bouquets and posies of flowers with half-length sleeves. She is seen standing next to a highly elaborate wooden sideboard with a marble top, a sheet from a letter in her hand (presumably from Swift); before her, on the top of the sideboard, are the other sheets of the letter, a bronze figurine, and a large dark aquamarine-coloured jar. The drawer of the sideboard is slightly open.


Type: Canvas
Height: 112.7 cm
Width: 92.1 cm

Type: Frame (approximate)
Height: 137.2
Width: 119.4