Although he started out with the rebellious Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Millais later became quite conventional in the art world. He was knighted in 1878. In 1896 he was elected president of the Royal Academy. He died later that year and was buried in Artists’ Corner in St Paul’s Cathedral. The portrait of Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, in the Sketch Gallery at Chatsworth was painted by Millais.

In the story… Millais is another PRB artist obsessed with painting Diana. He wants her to pose as Ophelia for a remake of his 1852 painting in which Elizabeth Siddal was his model: