The Bride of Lammermoor

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In an episode from Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, Lucy Ashton is escorted through a Scottish wood by Edgar, Master of Ravenswood. He has just rescued her from the attack of a wild bull but cannot contain his negative feelings towards the daughter of a sworn enemy. Despite the rift between their families the couple will soon fall in love, with tragic consequences. When Millais painted this composition in 1878, his youthful association with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were long behind him. Now a successful Royal Academician he favored uncontroversial, often sentimental, subjects and painted more broadly. Long periods of residence in Scotland likely stimulated him to select the present theme.

The Bride of Lammermoor, Thomas Oldham Barlow (British, Oldham, Lancashire 1824–1889 London), Mezzotint with stipple and etching on chine collé; proof before letters

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