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Basket with melon, peaches, grapes and plums
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Basket with melon, peaches, grapes and plums

Circa 1840

William Henry Hunt (1790 - 1864)

Width: 33 cm; Height: 24.1 cm;

Inscription, 1987 [this crossed out] / William Henry Hunt / perhaps Melon & Grapes Exhibited Water Colour Society / 1931 No 331 //
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir John Witt (L.646a)
Inscription, 48
Inscription, J WHATMAN / TURKEY MILL //
Inscription, William Henry Hunt
Inscription, W HUNT
Inscription, 1987

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, John (Sir) & NACF; bequest & grant aid; 1982

About this work
Ruskin argued that the most important quality of a painter was true vision. Hunt's still lifes served him as an ideal expression of direct, sincere and objective sight. Hunt certainly studied the visible world closely but his "keen eye for truth," as Ruskin called it, was inevitably conditioned by the conventions of the time and was subject to different interpretations. The artist Walter Sickert (1860-1942) saw in Hunt's small brushstrokes not just evidence of careful observation but a prefiguration of Impressionist interests in the sensation of sight itself. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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