William Henry Hunt

A Water Carrier

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Artist
William Henry Hunt 1790–1864
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 375 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Charles Fraser 1905
Reference
N01973

Display caption

Hunt found many models in Hastings. One family, called the Swains, supplied him for many years. He took the oldest of the lads into his service as his page and model, until he outgrew the office. He was replaced by the next brother, who in turn made room for the youngest of the three. Their faces appear in a number of Hunt’s works during the 1830s. It is probably a Swain boy who is dressed as a water carrier in this work.

Gallery label, July 2004

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