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William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Pre-Raphaelite painter

Sitter in 28 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Holman Hunt entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1844 where he met Millais, who was to become his closest friend. A founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, 1848, and throughout his life an adherent to Pre-Raphaelite principles; his paintings include The Hireling Shepherd, 1852, and The Light of the World, 1854. In the seventies and eighties, Hunt became increasingly isolated artistically, his later work concentrating on religious themes informed by successive visits to the Holy Land. He published his autobiographical Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1905. He died on 7 September 1910 and was buried in St Paul's Cathedral.

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Stephen Lushington

by William Holman Hunt
oil on canvas, 1862
On display in the Dining Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 1646