Sunday, May 10, 2009

John Everett Millais - The Bridesmaid


1851
oil on panel
Fitzwilliam
This actually illustrates an old supersitition, that if a bridesmaid passes a piece of wedding cake through the wedding ring nine times, she will see a vision of her future lover. The model was a Miss McDowall.
This picture is also seen with the apparently incorrect title The Bride and All Hallow's E'en.
It was bought by a B. G. Windus and sold at Christie's in 1862 under the new title. In 1868 it was bought by Ernest Gambert.

7 comments:

Natalis said...

didn't knew about this superstition..and look at her hair!
flame-gorgeous :)

Hermes said...

If you investigate some of the other Pre Raph blogs, red hair often features.

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I like what the images represents, I don't think that's a superstition in fact I'm gonna try that ritual because in that way I'll get a vision about my future lover.m10m

Anonymous said...

i thought the models name was Lizzie Siddal?

Hermes said...

It definately was Lizzie - thanks for mentioning it.

Anonymous said...

I first saw this painting at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge. I couldn't take my eyes off it. I bought a print of it to bring home.

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