Bonhams to Sell Sleep-Walking Masterpiece by Pre-Raphaelite Artist Sir John Everett Millais

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LONDON.- The Somnambulist by Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais, PRA will be a highlight of the 19th Century Paintings auction on 13th July 2011 at Bonhams New Bond Street. It is estimated to sell for £70,000-100,000. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins was published in 1860 and proved immensely popular – it is thought that it may have provided Millais with inspiration for this painting. At the time, the Victorians were fascinated by sleepwalking and preoccupied with all things occult and dreamlike. They were interested in clairvoyance, seances and poltergeists and this ghostly picture of a fragile and vulnerable looking girl would have appealed greatly to contemporary taste. On it’s completion in 1871 the work was reviewed in The Illustrated London News which describes, “the fair figure of the somnambulist, and the accompanying night effect, with the mysterious, half-iridescent glimm