William Holman Hunt

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William Holman Hunt
BirthplaceCheapside, London

Hunt, William Holman

Hunt, William Holman, 1827–1910, English painter. Hunt was a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and one of its most conscientious exponents. His paintings are often crude in color and laborious in technique, but are completely sincere in their devotion to Pre-Raphaelite principles. In 1854 he visited Palestine in order to have authentic material for his religious paintings. Among his best-known works are The Light of the World (Univ. of Oxford) and The Triumph of the Innocents (Liverpool Gall.).


See his Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1905–6); studies by F. G. Stephens (1860) and A. C. Gissing (1936).

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