William Henry Hunt

Country People

Joanna Selbourne, Barnaby Wright

Accompanying an exhibition that will be the first to investigate the depiction 
of rural figures by one of the most admired British watercolourists of the 19th century, William Henry Hunt.
Date Published :
July 2017
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
full color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911300236
Pages : 60
Dimensions : 8.3 X 8.3 inches
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$16.95

Overview
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Accompanying an exhibition that will be the first to investigate the depiction 
of rural figures by one of the most admired British watercolorists of the 19th century, William Henry Hunt.

Taking its lead from W.H. Hunt’s watercolor The Head Gardener, c. 1825, that is part of The Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection, this focused display will be first to investigate Hunt’s depiction of rural figures in his work of the 1820s and 1830s.

Consisting of twenty drawings borrowed from collections across the United Kingdom, William Henry Hunt: Country People will bring together watercolors depicting country people in their working or living environments, from farmer and gamekeeper to stonebreaker and gleaner. The representation of these country men, women and children, closely observed, raises questions about their status and way of life at a time of rapid agricultural and social change. These profound changes are also reflected in the literature of the period.

William Henry Hunt was one of the most admired watercolorists of the 19th century. Better known as ‘Bird’s Nest Hunt’ for his intricate still lives of flowers, fruit and birds’ eggs, he exhibited prolifically at the Old Water Colour Society. His works were sought after by collectors, notably John Ruskin, a serious champion of his work.’

About The Author
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Curator, Courtauld Gallery

Barnaby Wright is The Courtauld’s Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art.

REVIEWS
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"In [Hunt's] vivid sketches, we meet gamekeepers, farmers, maltsters, millers, gardeners, kitchen maids, labourers - even a poacher. Hunt gives us a glimpse into their world."

- World of Interiors, September 2017

"An absorbing story … Hunt isn’t painting portraits of people, he’s exposing their lives."

- Time Out

"The first exhibition to investigate William Henry Hunt’s depiction of rural figures … Hunt was a Londoner, born near Covent Garden, who brought a metropolitan eye to the land and the people who make their living from it."

- BLOUIN ARTINFO

"A delicate delight"

- The Times

★★★★ "Beautifully idyllic"

- Londonist

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