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Chaffinch nest and May blossom
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Chaffinch nest and May blossom

Circa 1845

William Henry Hunt (1790 - 1864)

Height: 24.4 cm; Width: 37.6 cm;

Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir John Witt (L.646a)
Inscription, W HUNT
Inscription, W. H. Hunt / Signed (lr corner). //
Inscription, 1236

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

About this work
William Henry Hunt was best known for his minutely rendered still life watercolours of fruit, flowers and birds’ nests. This latter specialisation gained him the nickname ‘Birds’ Nest Hunt’. Despite its air of uncontrived simplicity, this careful arrangement of hawthorn and eggs was the result of painstaking work in the studio. To achieve such illusionism, Hunt evolved new techniques, using stipple effects in subtle combinations of colour, and overlaying bright watercolour washes over opaque white gouache. (Permanent collection label)

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

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