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Our English Coasts, 1852 (`Strayed Sheep')

William Holman Hunt1852

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The location shown in this painting is the Lovers' Seat, an idyllic spot at Fairlight Glen near Hastings in Sussex. Hunt laboured here from mid-August to December 1852, enduring rain, wind and bitter cold to master his view.Despite the changes in weather, the painting seems a credible replication of particular illuminated moment. The colours used to convey light are daringly juxtaposed in order to intensify the clarity of every surface, a method that astounded audiences on both sides of the Channel.

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  • Title: Our English Coasts, 1852 (`Strayed Sheep')
  • Creator: William Holman Hunt
  • Date Created: 1852
  • Provenance: Presented by the Art Fund 1946
  • Physical Dimensions: w584 x h432 mm
  • Original Title: Our English Coasts, 1852 (`Strayed Sheep')
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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