'Lingering Autumn' 1890
Sir John Everett Millais (1829 - 96)
Oil on canvas
124.7 x 195.5cm
Millais stayed in Perthshire, Scotland, during most autumns in the neighbourhood of his wife's home. He painted several scenes of the Scottish landscape, evoking the changing moods of the bleak seasons of the year. At the same time, he used a straightforward, realistic style.
'Lingering Autumn' is painted in mellow yellows and greys. It is a view of the mill-stream at Murthly looking south. The river Tay is visible in the background. The child carrying the water away from the sluice is said to have been posed by Effie Stewart, the daughter of a local ploughman.
An extended study of 'Lingering Autumn' is also available online as part of our Artwork of the Month series.