View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- William Henry Hunt 1790–1864
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 375 x 260 mm
- Presented by Charles Fraser 1905
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
- work and occupations(11,717)