William Henry Hunt

Shore Scene, a Figure to Right

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
William Henry Hunt 1790–1864
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 85 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08945

Display caption

There is a liveliness and spontaneity in Hunt’s early seascapes, such as these, which he gradually lost in his later years when he concentrated on fruit and bird’s nests. These small scenes were probably painted between 1820–1830.

The watercolour in these works has been applied loosely, with new washes added before the ones underneath had dried. A drier wash has been used to define the figure of the man. One work also appears to have been trimmed at some point, as part of the signature is missing.

Gallery label, August 2004

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