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The Twins

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Kate and Grace Hoare

by John Everett Millais (1829-96)

This resource has been designed to help students develop research skills by using a painting as a starting point.

By working through the project you will find out about a range of skills, strategies and methods which can then be applied to other museum and gallery objects. The resource has been written with reference to the A-Level Assessment Objectives to to demonstrate how to plan and manage a research project and use a range of different resources.


This research project was carried out by Kate Noble, Lucy Sercombe and Lucy Shipp with the help of a bursary from Understanding British Portraits Professional Partnership Fellowship. This generous grant gave us the opportunity to look in greater depth than we’d been able to before at one of the museum’s most popular paintings.

With special thanks to: Lynda Clark, Georgina Doji, Peter Funnell, Robert Lloyd Parry, Inga Jones, Eleanor Knox, Tim Knox, Nicolle McNaughton, Jane Munro, Sarah Pearce, Caroline Pegum, Frances Pene, Caroline Pickard, Ina Pruegel, Beatrice Reid, Special Design, Henrietta Ward, Timothy Winn, Simon Valentine, Rich White Paul Hearn and the Year 12 Art students from Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School.

Thank you also to Aileen Derrett and Celia Barlow descendants of Kate and Grace who contacted us after seeing the resource with additional information about the family.