William Holman HUNT

William Holman HUNT ARSA, RWS, OM

One of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and arguably one of the most important painters of the 19th Century, Hunt visited Egypt and the Holy Land in 1854-55 and again from 1869-1872. Some of his paintings, such as The Light of the World, The Hireling Shepherd, The Awakening Conscience and The Triumph of the Innocents have become icons of the Victorian era. Hunt was awarded the Order of Merit in 1905.

His titles relevant to Cornwall include Helston, Cornwall (1860, watercolour on paper).


Painter in oils and watercolours

works and access

Likenesses of the Artist: Self-Portrait

Works include: Helston, Cornwall (1860)

Access to work: Whitworth Art Gallery (Helston, Cornwall (1860), gifted to the Gallery in 1925); Sudley House; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Torre Abbey, Torquay Devon




Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Member of the Order of Merit (OM) 1905

misc further info



Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p331)

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (Bibl)




 Torbay Council website




  Judith Bronkhurst 2006), William Holman Hunt, a catalogue
raisonné, Yale University Press.