John Everett Millias. The Blind Girl. 1854-6
This painting was described by D.G. Rossetti as "one of the 
most touching and perfect things I know." It won Millias the annual 
prize of the Liverpool Academy in 1857. This painting was begun 
in the autumn of 1854 at Winchelsea, and completed two years 
later near Millais’ home in Perthshire. His wife, Effie, sat for the 
blind girl. 
The sighted younger sister described to her blind sister the colours
of a double rainbow (an unusual natural phenomenon) after a storm.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
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