Not on display
- William Henry Hunt 1790–1864
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 216 x 273 mm
- Presented by Charles Fraser 1905
A special technique was essential for Hunt’s fruit pieces and bird’s nests, which became greatly esteemed by collectors. He devised a new process which involved mixing gum with Chinese white and laying this as a hard priming on which he would then paint or stipple in pure watercolour. This enabled him to obtain the much admired ‘bloom’ on peaches, plums and grapes
This technical invention shows how close a link was forged between Hunt and later Victorian artists such as JF Lewis and the Pre-Raphaelites, with their insistence on detail and almost obsessively high degree of finish.
Gallery label, August 2004