Looking out to Sea, c. 1885, 56 x 81.3 cm
Museo Thyssen, Madrid
Clouds, an island and boat in the distance, act as a counter balance to the large rock.
Millais travelled north from Perth after the death of his second son George, staying at Dhivach cottage outside Drumnadrochit. There he produced this painting as an expiation of his grief. The title is taken from Tennyson’s ‘Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington’ and, through the stump-like form of Loch Ness’s ruined Urquhart Castle, he conveys a sense of necessary human resilience in the face of personal tragedy. - Tate Britain