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Millais Blind Girl painting

This painting depicts a red-haired, rosy-cheeked girl of 16 years sitting on a grassy field. She is wearing a heavy, torn working skirt and a shawl over her head, and holds a hand accordion sits in her lap. Her younger blonde sister is leaning against her on her left, holding her hand and gazing off to the left – maybe at some birds on the ground nearby. She is so wearing rough and torn work clothes. A small stream runs straight in the back of the girls, and behind the yellow meadow stretches a distance, then up a hill. Various buildings and some trees in the skyline of the hill. A double rainbow is coming down from the dark sky to the center of the skyline. In addition to the birds, there are a few farm animals grazing in the meadow – possibly horses, cattle, and sheep.

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