John Everett Millais, Spring (Apple Blossoms)

Millais’s wife referred to this stunning painting as “full of beauty and without subject.”

A conversation with Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris in front of Sir John Everett Millais, Spring (Apple Blossoms), 1859, oil on canvas,113 x 176.3 cm (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool)

Read about this painting on the Victorian Web

A video about this painting from the National Museums Liverpool

Paul Barlow, Time Present and Time Past: The Art of John Everett Millais (London: Routledge, 2005).

Malcolm Warner, “The Pre-Raphaelites and the National Gallery,” Huntington Library Quarterly, volume 55, number 1 (1992), pp. 1–11.

Leslie Parris, Pre-Raphaelite Papers (London: Tate Gallery, 1984).

T. J. Barringer, ‎Jason Rosenfeld, ‎Alison Smith, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde (London: Tate, 2012).

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "John Everett Millais, Spring (Apple Blossoms)," in Smarthistory, January 10, 2023, accessed March 1, 2024,