William Holman Hunt
- Extended Catalogue Entry
William Holman Hunt
by John Ballantyne
oil on canvas, 1865
25 in. x 30 in. (635 mm x 763 mm)
Sitterback to top
- William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), Pre-Raphaelite painter. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Ballantyne (1815-1897), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This is one of a series of paintings of artists in their studios which Ballantyne exhibited in 1866.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 6 Read entry
The artist is shown in his studio, wearing an Arab robe and cap from his travels in the Middle East. He is at work on a depiction of The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple (1854-60), which was begun in Jerusalem and completed in London.
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 8
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 321
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- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's studio, Holland Park, London)
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Events of 1865back to top
Current affairsElizabeth Garrett Anderson is the first female to be awarded a doctor's licence. She is also involved in collecting signatures for the Manchester Suffrage Committee, the first suffrage organisation, formed this year. John Stuart Mill was also elected to parliament this year on the platform of women's suffrage.
Palmerston dies in October, and is replaced as leader of the Liberal government by his Foreign Secretary, Lord Russell.
Art and scienceLewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is published, inspired by Carroll's relationship (as Oxford don Charles Dodgson) with his friend Henry George Liddell's daughter Alice.
Matthew Arnold publishes the first series of Essays in Criticism, a defining text in the development of English literature as an academic discipline.
InternationalIn the American civil war, Robert E. Lee surrenders the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, leading to the surrender of the Confederacy's remaining field armies. A few days later, US President Abraham Lincoln is shot dead by Confederate sympathiser John Wilkes Booth. Later this year slavery is officially abolished after years of fierce campaigning. In response, the first branch of the Ku Klux Klan is founded on Christmas Eve.
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