William Holman Hunt A Catalogue Raisonné (Volumes 1 and 2) Judith Bronkhurst

Publication date:
15 Sep 2006
Paul Mellon Centre
800 pages: 282 x 248mm

William Holman Hunt was one of the three major artistic talents of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Hunt’s work was always characterized by great seriousness of purpose, and his paintings include many of the most beautiful and powerful images of that midcentury explosion of creativity. This catalogue raisonée gives him the attention he deserves.

The book includes an introduction that assesses Hunt’s life and artistic practice and discusses his aims, philosophy, and religious beliefs, which shed light on his works. While many of his paintings, with their extraordinary effects of light and color, are immediately accessible, his mature works incorporate symbolism that cannot be fully understood without a detailed knowledge of his intentions, and the catalogue entries thoroughly explore this. The volume presents Hunt’s oils and works on paper in two separate sections, and appendixes provide additional information on his illustrated letters, etchings, published illustrations, sculpture, and furniture.

Judith Bronkhurst is assistant librarian at the Witt Library of the Courtauld Institute in London and the leading authority on William Holman Hunt.

'The publication of Judith Bronkhurst's painstaking and comprehensive researches into the work of William Holman Hunt is a major event in the study of Pre-Raphaelites and British art in general. Her book is a recent addition to the distinguished series of catalogues of the works of British artists, and artists working in Britain, published by Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.' - Malcolm Warner,