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Oil Painting - Waiting

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1909P62
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1854 - 1854

Maker Information

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.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on mahogany panel.
Material(s):Oil paint

Associated People


Height:340 mm
Width:250 mm
Depth:9 mm