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Study of a bloodhound

William Holman Hunt1848

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

A study for Holman Hunt's 'Eve of Saint Agnes' exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1848. Hunt sought Millais's assistance in completing the picture and worked on it in the younger artist's studio. It was also this picture which inspired Rossetti to turn to Hunt for help in painting his 'Ecce Ancilla Domini', the first work exhibited bearing the initials PRB. Later in the same year the three paintiners became the principal members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood,a movement which revolutionized British art.

The blood hound in Hunt's sketch was lent to him by John Blount Price of Islington (as the artist later recalled). The importance of the dogs to Hunt's conception of the subject is refelected in the lines from Keats which he quoted in the Royal Academy exhibition catalogue 'The wakeful blood hound rose, and shook his hide, But his sagacious eye an imate owns'.

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  • Title: Study of a bloodhound
  • Creator: William Holman Hunt
  • Date Created: 1848
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.6 x 28.9 cm board (irreg.)
  • Provenance: WM Rossetti, circa 1853-1919, England, gift of the artist to Mr Rossetti; by descent to his son GA Rossetti Gabriel Arthur Rossetti, 1919-1932, England, by descent from WM Rossetti 1919; bequeathed to his wife Dora Brandreth Rossetti 1932 Dora Brandreth Rossetti, 1932-circa 1950, England, given to private collector c.1950 Private Collection, circa 1950-Nov 1986, offered to Sotherby's London 23 March 1981, lot.21, bt. in at £3,200; re-offered Sotheby's 16 June 1982, lot.277, bt. in at £1,200; purchased by Peter Nahum, November 1986. Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, Nov 1986-22 Apr 2002, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Peter Nahum 2002
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased with funds provided by John and Julie Schaeffer 2002
  • Medium: oil over pencil on board laid down on card
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England

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