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Millais first achieved fame and success as a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He always maintained close links with the Royal Academy, however, and became an Academician in 1863. Great natural talent, personal charm and the status of being a Royal Academician brought prosperity. In 1881 he acquired the lease and shooting rights of an estate at Murthly, Perthshire. This picture was painted during one of Millais' last visits there. The scenery inspired three large, sombre landscapes which were all painted during 1890-1. The view here is of Carnleth little bog which was a favourite refuge for hunted deer. The title is a quotation from Lord Byron's poem 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage'.

August 2004