William Henry Hunt
Portrait Study of a Bearded Man c.1835–40

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William Henry Hunt 1790–1864
Portrait Study of a Bearded Man
Date c.1835–40
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 235 x 203 mm
Acquisition Presented by Charles Fraser 1905
Not on display

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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.

September 2004

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