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Bride of Lammermoor by J.E. Millais (1878, Bristol museum)

Bride of Lammermoor by J.E. Millais (1878, Bristol museum)



The Bride of Lammermoor
John Everett Millais (1829–1896)
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

The subject is taken from Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Bride of Lammermoor' where Edgar, Master of Ravenswood, has just rescued Lucy Ashton from a wild bull. Lucy is the daughter of his enemy but she, unaware of his identity, is surprised at his cold manner. The artist's model for Ravenswood perfectly fitted Scott's description: 'A monteso cap and a black feather drooped over the wearer's brow, and partly concealed his features which, so far as seen were dark, regular and full of majestic through somewhat sullen expression.

John Everett Millais (1829 – 1896) British artist, one of the founders of the revolutionary "Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood". Millais, a talented painter and awarded medals of the Royal Academy, together with like-minded people challenged traditional art and began to paint nature and people as they are in the open air. But despite such audacity, he received during his life all the possible and hitherto unseen honors available to an artist in England.





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