Nineteen year old Elizabeth Siddal agreed to model for the painting, and she was made to lie fully clothed in a full bathtub in the studio. By now it was winter, and Millais was obliged to place oil lamps under the tub to warm the water. Ophelia is a character from Hamlet, but this particular scene is never shown on stage. Arthur Hughes' Ophelia has long been my favourite Pre-Rafaelite painting. English artist John Everett Millais (1829-1896) began painting Ophelia in 1851—just three years after he, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti co-founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.. From a young age, Millais was trained as a traditional painter. The determined painter believed that relying simply on raw imagination for painting Ophelia would be very foolish, so Siddal was the perfect model for the job. At just eleven years old, he became the youngest student admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy Schools. In this video I talk about the painting Ophelia by John Everett Millais. I give you my analysis of this wonderful painting and tell you about the painter, the model and the story. 4. Siddal quickly caught a cold, and Millais got himself a £50 doctor’s bill. Ophelia by Arthur Hughes is … Oil lamps were placed under the bathtub to keep the water warm but to no avail. Although the Millais version is more dramatic and famous, I find the Hughes painting evokes genuine pathos with its subtle, refined, twilight atmosphere. The second stage of Ophelia was completed in Millais' studio at 7 Gower Street in London. You can see the real thing in …