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John Everett Millais

Saint Martin's Summer


John Everett Millais
Southampton, England, 1829 – London 1896


Saint Martin's Summer




Oil on canvas


151 x 107 cm


Gift of Lord Strathcona and family, inv. 1927.325


Western Art

John Everett Millais left the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, of which he was a founding member, to join the English Aesthetic Movement. Honoured by the Royal Academy of Arts, he was in demand as a portraitist. During hunting and fishing trips in Scotland, however, he painted a few landscapes. With astounding subtlety, this canvas gives a detailed view of a body of water around Rumbling Bridge, near Dunkeld, Perthshire. This highly personal work harks back to the Pre-Raphaelite style of his youth in the meticulousness of execution. Beyond the apparently objective illustration of a late autumn mild spell and tranquil days foretelling peace, Millais fills this nature setting with the distant celestial light, evoking fin-de-siècle Symbolist visions.

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