Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910

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Birth 1827-04-02
Death 1910-09-07

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English painter.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burton Park, Petworth, to an unidentified correspondent, 1864 Oct. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269523474

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London?], to "dear Sir", 1883 Nov. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269528569

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Mrs. Brookfield, 1873 Mar. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269537929

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269530411

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to an unnamed correspondent, 1875 Oct. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269528582

From the description of Letters, 1852-1894. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122518111

William Holman Hunt was born in London. He became an estate agent in 1843 He entered the Academy Schools in 1844 where he exhibited his first painting, "Hark", in 1846. Hunt's friendship with Dante Gabriel Rossetti was apparent in his work "Rienzi" where the initials P.R.B. (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) appear after his name. Artistic fame finally came with Hunt's "The Light of the World".

From the description of William Holman Hunt fonds. 1850-1907. (University of British Columbia Library). WorldCat record id: 606463394

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was a professional English painter who, with Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), originated the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

From the description of Letters to William Holman Hunt, 1844-1922. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122499647


From the description of Letter of William Holman Hunt, 1873. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451084

William Holman Hunt, English Pre-Raphaelite painter.

From the description of William Holman Hunt manuscript material : 2 items, 1860-1862 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 432103524

William Holman Hunt was an English artist and painter. Despite his father's objections, he sought a career as an artist, and studied art at the Royal Academy, where he met Millais and Rossetti; the three of them co-founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Hunt's paintings are richly colored and highly detailed; many have religious or moralistic connotations. He made several journeys to the Middle East, and painted scenes of Jerusalem. He was extremely popular with the general public.

From the description of W. Holman Hunt letters to Mrs. Holliday, 1874-1890. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60494859

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was a painter of the pre-Raphaelite school. For a full account of his life and works see the Dictionary of National Biography

From the guide to the Correspondence of William Holman Hunt, 1857-1909, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

William Holman Hunt was a British painter. In 1843, while attending lectures at the Royal Academy Schools, he met Sir John Everett Millais, who, together with Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. They sought to revitalize art by emphasizing the detailed observation of the natural world in a spirit of quasi-religious devotion to truth. Although the Pre-Raphaelites broke up in 1852, Hunt remained loyal to that style until his death in 1910.

From the description of William Holman Hunt collection, 1853-1926. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 84673936

William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), painter and founder, with J.E. Millais and D.G. Rossetti, of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, was born on 2 Apr. 1827. By 1860 he had established a reputation as a painter, especially of religious subjects, and had spent two years in Palestine (1854-1856). In 1856 he married Fanny Waugh and set out for the East, but was detained by quarantine regulations in Florence, where his wife died in 1866. After several years in Italy and Palestine he returned to London in 1871 and remained there until 1875, when he went back to Palestine, after marrying his first wife's sister Marion Waugh in Switzerland. He returned to England in 1878 and received the Order of Merit in 1905. He died on 7 Sep. 1910 and was buried in St Paul's Cathedral.

Henry Virtue Tebbs was a writer on religious subjects.

From the guide to the William Holman Hunt: Letters to Henry Virtue Tebbs, 1862-1874, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)


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