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William Henry Hunt (1790-1864), Three Portrait Drawings of Gentlemen

Ref: LA156554

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Description

Three small portraits of Gentlemen, graphite and watercolor with scratching out, fixed with gum Arabic on cream textured card, two signed to verso “WM Hunt, 6 Marchmont St, Brunswick Square”.

William Henry Hunt was born near Long Acre in London on 28th March 1790. He was apprenticed to landscape painter John Varley for 5 years during which time he exhibited 3 oil paintings at the Royal Academy in 1807. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1808. He is known to have been resident at 6 Marchmont Street, Brunswick Square from 1825 to 1845.

He was elected an associate of the Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1824. after which time he painted almost exclusively in watercolour, and was awarded full membership in 1827. He continued to exhibit at the society’s exhibitions until the year of his death in 1864.

He is best known for his still lives of fruit, flowers and often of birds' nests with or without eggs, earning him the nickname “Birds' Nest Hunt”. However his delicate pencil and watercolour portraits, entirely drawn from life and often of ordinary working men and women, as well as more formal portraits such as these, are widely recognised for their close observation and vivid naturalism. His work was so popular during his lifetime that, towards the end of his life, he struggled to meet the demands upon his time.

The 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica says of Hunt: “Considered technically, his works exhibit all the resources of the watercolor painter’s craft, from the purest transparent tinting to the boldest use of body colour, rough paper and scraping for texture”. John Ruskin described him as “the finest painter of still life that ever existed”.

For a full biography see www.avictorian.com

William Henry Hunt's drawings and watercolours are held in the V & A, Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and in museums and galleries worldwide.

I would prefer not to split these drawings as they are clearly a familial group. however if you would like me to consider this or have any other questions about them, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Measurements

Each drawing measures approximately 11 cm x 14.5 cm. I am selling them unframed as the original frames and mounts were too damaged and unstable to support the drawings.

Declaration

Breckland Antiques has clarified that the William Henry Hunt, Three Portrait Drawings of Gentlemen (LA156554) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1825.

Condition

The cards are sound and intact with no tears or creases. There is however general age related discolouration and oxidation of the card. Please note that the darker areas of discolouration are not caused by water or any other accidental damage but rather by the browning of the gum arabic solution applied by the artist to 'fix' each drawing. There is no visible foxing or other fungal damage. There are some small points of paint loss to the younger red haired gentleman, otherwise the painted surfaces are intact. The decision whether or not to clean or restore works on paper is much debated. I have chosen to sell these pieces in as original a condition as possible and allow the purchaser to make that decision for themselves. These drawings are 200 years old, yet the exquisite draftsmanship and delicate washes of colour still display beautifully.

Delivery

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