Arts Everyday Living: A Scottish Song—A Girl and Her Fish, Waiting for a Sale

A SCOTTISH SONG

A GIRL AND HER FISH

 

 

John Everett Millais, Caller Herrin,’ n.d., probably oil on canvas, Private Collection

Buy my caller herrin,’

They’re bonnie fish and wholesome farin;

Buy my caller herrin,’

New drawn frae the Forth.

Scottish Song

 Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), like other fellow Pre-Raphaelite artists, often focused on the history and traditions of Great Britain, whether the Medieval past or native folk culture as represented by the Caller Herrin, sung by Scottish fishwives in the local market.  Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) composed the music and Carolina Oliphant (1766-1845) wrote the words.

To learn more about other works of John Everett Millais, click:

The Innocence and Humor of Childhood

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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