How you can use this image
This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).
Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.
The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.
Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.
Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.
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.
The Bride of Lammermoor
oil on canvas
H 151.1 x W 107.3 cm
gift from Walter Melville Wills, 1927