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Millais landscape donated to Tate

Millais set out to capture the wintry morning sun in Perthshire

A major landscape by John Everett Millais has been donated to Tate Britain by the artist's great-grandson.

Dew-Drenched Furze - painted in Scotland circa 1890 - is widely considered one of Millais' most important later works.

It joins about 60 other works by Millais in the Tate collection.

Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain, said: "This exquisite work is one of the finest examples of Millais' late landscapes."

He added: "It will significantly enhance Tate's holdings from this important period in his oeuvre."

Millais was a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite group and his paintings - such as Ophelia floating in the water - have become some of the best known images of Victorian Britain.

Dew-Drenched Furze will go on show at the London gallery on Wednesday as part of the BP British Art Displays tomorrow to mark the 190th anniversary of Sir Henry Tate's birth.

The donation also represents an acknowledgement of Millais' friendship with Sir Henry, who was Tate's first benefactor.

The work was donated by Millais' great-grandson, Geoffroy Millais.

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