Vale of Rest — John Everett Millais

Charles Cowling

 

Click on the pic to make it bigger. Note the bone in the soil in this detail below. It is estimated that every grave in an English country churchyard has, over time, accommodated eight bodies. 

 

 

Millais also painted the picture below, giving us an insight into how they did things then.

 

 

 

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Millais’ Ophelia, lying repose in a pond, is seen the world over as a stunning painting. If he was alive now, would he have simply chucked a young woman’s corpse in some alkaline solution like today’s tiresome con-artists (con being short for confidence trickster, not conceptual)?