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I. The Painter's Youth (1827-1854)
II. The East
III. The Subject Pictures
IV. Portraits and Other Works
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
I. Portrait of Holman Hunt at the age of Fifteen
II. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
III. Isabella and the Pot of Basil
IV. The Light of the World
V. The Scapegoat
VI. The Triumph of the Innocents
VII. The Hireling Shepherd
VIII. May Morning
William Holman Hunt was born in London on 2 April 1827. A clerk for several years, he left the world of trade to study at the British Museum and the National Gallery.
In 1844 he entered the Royal Academy. Here he joined with Millais and Rossetti to develop the Pre-Raphaelite theories of art and, in 1848, to found the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His first canvas to interpret these themes was Rienzi, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849.
In 1854 Hunt went to the Holy Land to portray scenes from the life of Christ, aiming to achieve total historical and archaelogical truth. He returned to Palestine in 1869 and again in 1873.
Throughout his life Hunt remained dedicated to Pre-Raphaelite concepts, as exemplified in such works as The Light of the World, The Scapegoat and The Shadow of Death.
Hunt died in Kensington, London on 7 September 1910.