Millias Viewpoint

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I just had to share some autumnal views beyond the frame over Perth from Millias Viewpoint.  Autumn in my opinion is the best time of the year to capture this particular scene. In fact it was a favoured time of the year for Sir John Everett Millais to paint his landscapes. Furthermore he probably was the  greatest painter of the Pre Raphhaelite Movement.  Moreover most of his landscapes were painted from scenes in Perthshire.  In the summer of 2016 one of his portrait paintings was sold at auction for £602,500The ViewPoint
This  redstone sculpture made in 1997 is called Millias Viewpoint. Timothy  Shutter created this sculpture to commemorate Sir John Everett Millais’s artwork.  Indeed it is a living picture frame of Perth changing throughout the seasons. When you walk along the Sculpture Trail along the banks of the River Tay you’ll find the viewpoint.


Millias Viewpoint  – The Painter’s Palette

The Painter's Palette Millais Viewpoint Perth

Millias Viewpoint – Beyond the Frame

Beyond the Frame Millias Viewpoint Perth

You can literally step into the frame and become part of the picture!


"Millais Viewpoint" by Tim Shutter
The Viewpoint sits on top of a large mound along the Perthshire Sculpture Trail over looking the River Tay.


Millias Viewpoint – Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

The autumn oak leaves that surround the frame on one side represent his famous painting  “Autumn Leaves” while the cut corners represent immortality. Effie Gray, Millais’ wife is buried with her eight children in Kinnoull church yard not far from here.


A little further along the trail you come to Rodney gardens. The gardens have some lovely plants growing in the borders. It’s never a busy place and you can enjoy strolling along the pathways or just sitting down on one of the many benches.


Rodney Gardens Perth in Autumn

 Rodney Gardens

Norrie Millar  Autumn Foliage

Norie-Miller Park along the River Tay

While just across the road is Norie-Miller Park which follows along the banks of the River Tay.


I hope that autumn is as colourful for you as it is here in Perth, Scotland just now.


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20 Responses

  1. Bernie

    No. We don't get Autumn colour here in the tropics. I have to get my fix by visiting blog posts like this. Your stunning photos were delightful viewing.

  2. Andrea

    Rosie, this one makes me dream more of Scotland, the frame seems like a fantasy, amazingly beautiful. And your outstanding photos give the best justice for its purpose. Awesome indeed! We don't have Autumn season so your wish is not granted in this part of the world. Autumn is just in my subconscious.

  3. ann

    Indeed, Scotland is beautiful in the fall. Here in northern Colorado, while we do have some fall color, it is not nearly as spectacular as your photos show your home to be. Gorgeous.

  4. Ellie

    Rosie,I think you are in a particularly beautiful part of Scotland.
    Your pictures are absolutely lovely, the colours are amazing. We don't seem to have colours here that you have. I love this time of year.

  5. lotusleaf

    What a fabulous frame! Your autumn is very beautiful. The autumn here in the tropics is no different from other seasons, except for some different flowers.

  6. Lona

    How beautiful Rosie. I love the concrete frame to highlight the garden. With the Fall colors now shining around the picture is lovely. Amazing!

  7. Melanie

    Late Autumn is in full swing here, we had our first snow yesterday. It turned to rain and is gone now. I love the ancient church spire as well as the colourful foliage inside the frame. Europe, including GB, has so many historical views in all directions making the landscape extra special.

  8. Curbstone Valley Farm

    I'm not a big fan of sculpture in the garden, but I genuinely love the appearance of this frame. Perhaps because the artist did such a wonderful job incorporating it into the landscape, rather than detracting from it. I never would have guessed the installation was so recent. The color and texture of the stone, along with the growing lichens, make it look like it's as old as the church behind it. I also like how it draws the eye to scene in front of you. Just beautiful.

  9. Liz

    Absolutely beautiful & so creative!!! I thoroughly enjoyed your post.
    I showed my husband (who has Scottish heritage) and he was amazed at your photos!
    I am following you now so I can keep up with your beautiful blog.

  10. Kim Stevens

    I am so awestruck right now! That photo of the corner of the frame with oak leaves is just beyond words Rosie!! I'm so glad you put this link in the scavenger hunt sunday because somehow I missed this yesterday!!

  11. Lyn

    Millais is a painter I really love, and that frame sculpture is a terrific idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Diana

    "Viewpoint'… simply a wonderful work of art. Thank you Rosie, for sharing more of your Scotland, which I love, and your beautiful photos.

  13. The Sage Butterfly

    I felt as if I had stepped into another time and place looking at your photos…gorgeous! The old stone with the autumnal color is breathtaking!

  14. Alistair

    Rosie, gorgeous shots of such a beautiful area of our country. If you haven't as yet realised your ambition in becoming a professional photographer, I think its time to pursue it. I am adding a picture of your garden and a link to your site on my (Your Gardens)page, if you don't want this let me know and I will remove it.

  15. Barbara

    These are beautiful, such wonderfully autumnal colours. I had no idea Millais painted in Scotland!