William Henry Hunt Study from Nature at Twickenham c.1806

Artwork details

Artist
William Henry Hunt 1790–1864
Title
Study from Nature at Twickenham
Date c.1806
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 330 x 168 mm
frame: 485 x 315 x 39 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1969
Reference
T01154
Not on display

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Like Linnell, Hunt was apprenticed to John Varley in 1806, and joined him in oil-sketching expeditions at Twickenham. This study of a riverside tree is typical of the humble subjects they chose when sketching outdoors at this date, but is more fluid in its handling than Linnell's examples. Hunt's subsequent career as a watercolourist was to lead him into a different branch of naturalism: his studies of flowers, still life and his popular paintings of birds' nests have a Pre-Raphaelite intensity of detail far removed from the impromptu feeling of this sketch.

September 2004

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