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From 1851 until his death in 1864, Hunt exhibited an annual average of eight works. Fruit, bird’s nests and flower subjects were in the majority, probably because they were the most financially successful. Hunt became as popular in this field as he had been with his earlier, humorous drawings of boy models.

In October 1863 Hunt wrote to a friend: ‘I was in hopes of trying my hand at figures, but have so many persons’ promises to do fruit and flowers for them that I can get no time to do anything else.’

September 2004