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William Holman Hunt
Dates: British, 1827 - 1910
Biographical Account:

William Holman Hunt was a painter and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was born in London in 1827 and studied at Royal Academy Schools.


In 1848 he formed Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais. The group were influenced by works of John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle.


During the 1850s, 60s and 70s, whilst living in London with his family, Hunt made many trips to the Holy Land and Jerusalem. He wanted to find accurate topographical and ethnographical material for religious works.


Hunt married Fanny Waugh in 1865 in Kensington, London. Sadly she died a year later in childbirth in Florence, on the way to the Holy Land. Ten years later he married  Fanny's sister Edith Waugh but they had to travel abroad to be married as at that time it was illegal to marry one's deceased wife's sister.


Hunt initially painted modern rural and urban life, but his religious and literary scenes brought him fame. He paid great attention to detail and used very vivid colours.


In 1905 he was awarded the Order of Merit by King Edward VII, which recognised his distinguished service in art for the promotion of culture.


Hunt died 7 September 1910, aged 83.

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