Paton became friends with Millais while at the Royal Academy and this work owes an obvious debt to Millais' composition of two figures in the 1850s (The Return of the Dove, 1851; Huguenot on St.

Bartholomew's Day, 1852; The Black Brunswicker, 1859-60, Liverpool). Paton declined Millais's invitation to join the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood burt remained sympathetic to their aims.

Provenance

By descent from the artist; The Maas Gallery, 2002.


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