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The Bride of Lammermoor

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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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, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti had formed the revolutionary Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. Millais was the first to return to conventionality, becoming an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1853.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



The Bride of Lammermoor




oil on canvas


H 151.1 x W 107.3 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Walter Melville Wills, 1927

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