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William Holman Hunt

British, 1827 - 1910

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Hunt spent several years of drudgery in a London office before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1844, where he met John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Their dissatisfaction with current academic art resulted in the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848, the subject of Hunt's late reminiscences, Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1905). In 1854-1856 he undertook the first of several trips to the Near East in search of archaeologically accurate settings for his studio works on biblical themes, and the painstakingly delineated landscapes in the oils he showed in London mostly derive from watercolors made on these expeditions. Hunt also exhibited watercolors of Near Eastern and British scenery, some of them with the Old Water-Colour Society, of which he became an associate in 1869 and a full member in 1887. (Wilton/Lyles 1993, p. 317)

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