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Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1846 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Everett Millais (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Henry Hodgkinson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

  • Public access description

    The unusual subject of this painting is the capture of the Inca emperor Atahualpa by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1532. As a model for Pizarro, Millais used an actor who had recently appeared in a play of the same name. Millais was only 16 when he painted this work. It belonged to his half-brother.

  • Physical description

    Oil painting

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Signed (in monogram) and dated indistinctly in red by the artist, lower right

  • Dimensions

    Height: 128.3 cm estimate, Width: 171.7 cm estimate, Height: 1630 mm frame, Width: 2065 mm frame, Depth: 155 mm frame

  • Object history note

    Bequeathed by Henry Hodgkinson, 1897

  • Descriptive line

    Oil painting, 'Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru', John Everett Millais, 1846

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 191-93
    Rosenfeld, Jason and Smith, Alison, John Everett Millais: illustrator and narrator, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, 2008

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection