Monday, 4 June 2012

William Holman Hunt - part 2

William Holman Hunt Self-portrait 1867 
oil on canvas 104 x 73 cm

William Holman Hunt (1827 – 1910) was, along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in 1848.

This is part 2 of a 2-part post on Holman Hunt. For biographical notes and earlier works, see part 1 also.

1866 Il Dolce Far Niente 
oil on panel

1866 The Festival of St. Swithin ( The Dovecot ) 
oil on canvas 73 x 91 cm 
© 2006 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

1866-68 Fanny Holman Hunt 
oil on canvas 106.5 x 73.5 cm

The above portrait is clearly based on this photograph of Fanny taken in December 1865 shortly before her marriage. She died in Florence having given birth to Cyril in 1866. Her sister Edith becameHolman Hunt's  second wife.

1868 Isabella and the Pot of Basil 
oil on canvas 187 x 116 cm
1868-9 Bianca 
oil on canvas

1870 A Flood

1870 The Shadow of Death 
oil on canvas 214.2 x 168.2 cm

c1882-3 Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti at 22 years of Age 
oil on panel 30 x 23 cm

On 12 April 1853, the remaining members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood met for breakfast in Millais's studio, to make portrait drawings of each other which could be sent to Thomas Woolner, who had immigrated to Australia six months before. Hunt's drawings, of Millais and Rossetti, are the finest of this series, most of which are in the National Portrait Gallery. His pastel drawing of Rossetti (now at Manchester City Art Gallery) had become badly rubbed by 1882, and Hunt painted the above replica in oils to commemorate his friend's recent death.

1853 Dante Gabriel Rosetti 
pastel on paper 28.6 x 25.9 cm

1883-4 The Triumph of the Innocents 
oil on canvas 156 x 254 cm

1884 Amaryllis ( The Shepherdess ) 
oil on canvas

1887 Christ Among the Doctors

c1888-93 May Morning on Magdalen College Tower, Oxford, Ancient Annual Ceremony 
oil on canvas 39 x 49 cm 
© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

1895 The Importunate Neighbour

c1897 The Risen Christ with the Two Marys in the Garden of Joseph of Arimathea 
oil on canvas 116.8 x 94 cm

1905 The Lady of Shalott 
oil on canvas 188 x 146.1 cm

1910 A Summer Landscape

1968-9 Tuscan Girl

pencil and red chalk 25 x 29 cm

Miss Gladys M. Holman Hunt

Plain of Rephaim from Zion 
oil on canvas

Holman Hunt in his Eastern Dress 
photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron


  1. I really dig that Portrait of Henry painting it looks very cool.

  2. Thanks for sharing these beautiful paintings. I did not know this artist.

  3. Very helpful! We're discussing the PRB paintings and your blog is a real find! Thanks.

  4. Good, thank you for your comment.