William Holman Hunt

British, 1827 - 1910

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A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian...  by William Holman Hunt
A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian...
A Summer Landscape  by William Holman Hunt
A Summer Landscape
Amaryllis  by William Holman Hunt
Amaryllis
Bianca  by William Holman Hunt
Bianca
Claudio and Isabella  by William Holman Hunt
Claudio and Isabella
Il Dolce Far Niente  by William Holman Hunt
Il Dolce Far Niente
Isabella and the Pot of Basil  by William Holman Hunt
Isabella and the Pot of Basil
London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage...  by William Holman Hunt
London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage...
May Morning on Magdalen Tower  by William Holman Hunt
May Morning on Magdalen Tower
Our English Coasts (Strayed Sheep)  by William Holman Hunt
Our English Coasts (Strayed Sheep)
Study of Firelight  by William Holman Hunt
Study of Firelight
The Afterglow in Egypt  by William Holman Hunt
The Afterglow in Egypt
The Afterglow in Egypt  by William Holman Hunt
The Afterglow in Egypt
The Awakening Conscience  by William Holman Hunt
The Awakening Conscience
The Children's Holiday  by William Holman Hunt
The Children's Holiday
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BIOGRAPHY

William Holman Hunt was born in London on 2 April 1827. A clerk for several years, he left the world of trade to study at the British Museum and the National Gallery.

In 1844 he entered the Royal Academy. Here he joined with Millais and Rossetti to develop the Pre-Raphaelite theories of art and, in 1848, to found the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His first canvas to interpret these themes was Rienzi, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849.

In 1854 Hunt went to the Holy Land to portray scenes from the life of Christ, aiming to achieve total historical and archaelogical truth. He returned to Palestine in 1869 and again in 1873.

Throughout his life Hunt remained dedicated to Pre-Raphaelite concepts, as exemplified in such works as The Light of the World, The Scapegoat and The Shadow of Death.

Hunt died in Kensington, London on 7 September 1910.

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The Art Journal (1905)
Holman Hunt was awarded the Order of Merit by King Edward VII in 1905. This honour was mentioned in the The Art Journal, p.260:

"When, at the time of its institution in 1902, the Order of Merit was conferred on George Frederick Watts, some thought it would be reserved, as far as artists are concerned, to veterans of great distinction. It is eminently fitting that the place of Watts, so to say, should be taken by William Holman Hunt, who, with a like earnestness and unswerving devotion, has dedicated his life to lofty purposes. High as have been the sums he has received for pictures, Holman-Hunt has never merchandised his art, but ever used it as a vehicle of truth and of beauty. The Academy has passed him by, there is nothing by him in the Chantrey collection, and it is well that while he is yet with us there should be some public sign of the honour in which he is held. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, a second painter upon whom the Order of Merit has been conferred, is still in his prime, and there are few living artists who have a wider repute."

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