Chill October is an oil painting created in 1870 by renowned artist John Everett Millais. The painting depicts a Scottish landscape during autumn, showcasing rich hues of golds, yellows, and browns. Measuring 141.0 cm × 186.7 cm, it was the first large-scale Scottish landscape painted by Millais.
Millais’ wife Euphemia Chalmers Gray (Effie) was from Scotland, and Chill October captures the brooding landscape surrounding the Scottish village of Seggieden located near her family’s home in Perth. The pale clouded sky reflected in the waters of River Tay adds a sense of calmness to the painting as well.
Due to estuarial tides, Millais built a platform on which he could paint Chill October accurately. This attention to detail shows his dedication as an artist and his commitment to creating beautiful works of art with accuracy and precision. It’s worth noting that Chill October played a significant role in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood since it was painted at their rendezvous point.