William Henry Hunt

Portrait Study of a Bearded Man

c.1835–40

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 235 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Charles Fraser 1905
Reference
N01970

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Hunt developed a special technique for his figure subjects involving breaking up his washes into separate touches, which could be described as a kind of stippling. He also developed, as did Turner, the practice of scratching out points and lines to provide highlights on the paper, which he would either leave untouched or modify by dotting with watercolour. This work shows his stippling technique as well as knife scratching.

Gallery label, September 2004

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