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|Collection:||Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture|
|Date:||1854 - 1854|
|Artist:||John Everett Millais - View biography for John Everett Millais|
Although Millais achieves a harmony between the depictions of young womanhood and the beauty of nature, Victorian convention frowned upon young women out alone and the sitter's uneasy pose and her situation may have appeared fraught with danger. The walls act as a boundary, a control often symbolising virginity. The woman sits on a stile, a point where she could breach the wall entering the woods with her lover. Apart from these implied ideals of the time there seems to be no narrative attached to the work.
|Presented by Mrs Nettlefold, 1909.|