A story of love, loss and faith
Abby Wright is creating a brand new contemporary illustration, inspired by Millais’ painting which we will show and use at the MAWF workshops. Keep an eye on the website, we will unveil it very soon now. In the meantime, here is Millais’ painting…
A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew’s Day, (1852) by John Everett Millais. Set in the French Wars of Religion, the young woman is trying to make her lover wear the white scarf which would protect him from persecution and possibly death. He, despite his love for her refuses to renounce his faith.
Painted in Victorian England, the picture uses The Language of Flowers, showing Canterbury Bells and Nasturtiums to express faith and patriotism.
“They wrap each other up, but also pull in opposite directions” S.P Casteras