The Proscribed Royalist, 1651
|Artist||John Everett Millais|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||102.8 cm × 73.6 cm (40.5 in × 29.0 in)|
|Location||Collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber|
The Proscribed Royalist, 1651 (1853) is a painting by John Everett Millais which depicts a young Puritan woman protecting a fleeing Royalist after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the decisive defeat of Charles II by Oliver Cromwell. The Royalist is hiding in a hollow tree, a reference to a famous incident in which Charles himself hid in a tree to escape from his pursuers. Millais was also influenced by Vincenzo Bellini's opera I Puritani.
Millais painted the picture in Hayes, Kent, from a local oak tree that became known as the Millais Oak.
- Millais, J.G., Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais, vol. 1, p.166; See also Arborecology, containing a photograph of the Millais oak