Romance painting by British artist Sir John Everett Millais is a depiction of a character named Ophelia from Hamlet , a famous William Shakespeare, singing before she drowns in a river in Denmark.
The artist is known for his hard work by living in natural settings, along the banks of the river Hogsmill River in Ewell to get inspired for the scene and understanf=d the best suitable setting for Ophelia in the painting , he spended 5 months , 6 days a week and 11 hours a day,there. Hence, he first painted the landscape and the Ophelia.
This allowed him to accurately depict the natural scene before him. Millais encountered enormous difficulties during the painting process. He wrote in a letter to a friend, "The flies of Surrey are more muscular, and have a still greater propensity for probing human flesh. I am threatened with a notice to appear before a magistrate for trespassing in a field and destroying the hay ... and am also in danger of being blown by the wind into the water. Certainly the painting of a picture under such circumstances would be greater punishment to a murderer than hanging." By November 1851, the weather had turned windy and snowy. Millais oversaw the building of a hut "made of four hurdles,like a sentry-box, covered outside with straw". According to Millais, sitting inside the hut made him feel like Robinson Crusoe. William Holman Hunt was so impressed by the hut that he had an identical one built for himself - i.e. Romance.