William Holman Hunt
- Extended Catalogue Entry
William Holman Hunt
by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1864
8 3/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (212 mm x 160 mm)
Sitterback to top
- William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Pre-Raphaelite painter. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This photograph was issued under the heading 'Venetian School' in Wynfield's publication The Studio: A Collection of Photographic Portraits of Living Artists, taken in the style of the Old Masters, by an Amateur. The use of historical costume, together with the blurred focus, were seen at the time as elevating photographic portraiture to the status of fine art. Hunt was interested in sixteenth-century costume at this time and painted a portrait of his nephew dressed as Henry VIII in The King of Hearts (1863)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Hacking, Juliet, Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 28 February to 14 May 2000), p. 70
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 29 Read entry
A lighter side is conveyed in this costume portrait, one of Wynfield's sequence of 'Living Artists, Taken in the Style of the Old Masters', where Holman Hunt is shown in the manner of Holbein.
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 28
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 321
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Victorian Masquerade (22 October 2012 - 2 June 2013)
- William Holman Hunt 1827 - 1910 (15 June 2010 - 6 March 2011)
- Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield (28 January 2000 - 14 May 2000)
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against women, notably led by Josephine Butler, leader of the Ladies' National Association, the acts were eventually repealed.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.