William Holman Hunt
British, 1827 - 1910
Study of Firelight
Date: circa 1861-62
This study, dating from circa 1861-62, was painted while Holman Hunt was living at Tor Villa (Campden Hill, Kensington, London) which he left in June 1866. The girl portrayed is probably the artist's sister Emily who was living at the Villa at the time.
A letter from Holman Hunt to Miss E. Tuckett, dated June 6th 1861 relates "on Saturday I intend to do a rough portrait of my sister in oil".
Source: 'Highly Important Victorian Paintings and Drawings', Sotheby's Belgravia, 24th October 1978.
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