Pre-Raphael-lights....Venetian lanterns from the heart of a Victorian scandal

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Pre-Raphael-lights....Venetian lanterns from the heart of a Victorian scandal.<br />
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If these lamps could talk...they may well shed light on salacious scandal that rocked Victorian society.<br />
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The pair of Venetian giltwood and glass lanterns belonged to the pre-Raphaelite painter, Sir John Everett Millais, but are thought to have been acquired by his wife and muse Effie Gray whilst she was touring Venice with her former husband, the famous art critic  John Ruskin. <br />
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Millais was a founder member of the pre-Raphaelite movement, strongly championed by Ruskin, who married Effie Gray in 1848.<br />
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In 1849 the newlyweds spent a significant time in Venice, where it seems likely that the lamps were acquired by Effie. <br />
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However the marriage was famously an unhappy one and Effie grew increasingly close to Millais, causing a public scandal when she eventually left Ruskin for the painter – claiming that her marriage had never been consummated. <br />
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The infamous Victorian love triangle was the inspiration for several later plays and films and remains at the forefront of public consciousness today. The couple went on to have eight children, and the lamps have remained with the family until the present day.<br />
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Woolley & Wallis are selling the laterns in Salisbury this week with a £1500 estimate.