William Holman Hunt
7 of 28 portraits of William Holman Hunt
William Holman Hunt
by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, Summer 1864
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/8 in. (88 mm x 54 mm) image size
Given by the Art Fund, 1916
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Sitterback to top
- William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Pre-Raphaelite painter. Sitter in 28 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In the year this photograph was taken Hunt was best man at the wedding of the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner and Alice Waugh, the sister of his future wife, Fanny. This image complements a description of Hunt in the 1860s as 'a very genial young looking creature, with a large square, yellow beard, clear blue laughing eyes…and the whole expression sunny and full of simple boyish happiness…there is nothing in his look or bearing…to suggest the High Priest of Pre-Raphaelitism.'
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographer's studio, 114 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- William Holman Hunt 1827 - 1910 (15 June 2010 - 6 March 2011)
Events of 1864back to top
Current affairsFirst of the Contagious Diseases Act. These acts allowed for the arrest, medical inspection and confinement of any woman suspected of being a prostitute in the port towns. Following huge public outcry over their discrimination against women, notably led by Josephine Butler, leader of the Ladies' National Association, the acts were eventually repealed.
Octavia Hill starts work on slums, and the International Working Men's Association is founded in London.
Art and scienceThe Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell presents his discoveries in the field of electromagnetics to the Royal Society. His paper A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field expresses the basic laws of electricity and magnetism in unified fashion. Maxwell's equations, as his rules came to be known, helped create modern physics, laying the foundation for future work in special relativity and quantum mechanics.
InternationalAustria and Prussia combine forces to seize Schleswig-Holstein from Denmark.
Britain cedes Corfu, acquired from France in the Second Treaty of Paris (1815) to Greece. Although Britain had vigorously suppressed an uprising in 1849 in Cephalonia aiming to restore Iolian islands, the government changed policy throughout the 1850s and 60s.