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Watercolour - Plums


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. early 19th century (painted)
    1790-1864 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hunt, William Henry, born 1790 - died 1864 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Ellison Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 37, box A

Physical description

Watercolour entitled 'Plums'.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


ca. early 19th century (painted)
1790-1864 (made)


Hunt, William Henry, born 1790 - died 1864 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 11.75 in, Width: 8.25 in

Object history note

Richard Ellison’s collection of 100 British watercolours was given by his widow in 1860 and 1873 ‘to promote the foundation of the National Collection of Water Colour Paintings’.

Descriptive line

Watercolour by William Henry Hunt entitled 'Plums'. Great Britain, ca. early 19th century.

Labels and date

William Henry Hunt 1790-1864
Date unknown; signed

Hunt was nicknamed 'Bird's Nest Hunt' because of his liking for this subject. His still lifes show minute detail and intense colours. Plums belongs to a collection of mainly Victorian watercolours assembled by Richard Ellison. His widow gave them to the V&A soon after its foundation, with an additional bequest in 1873.

Watercolour on paper

Given by Elizabeth Ellison 1860
Museum no. FA.525 []


Paper; Watercolour


Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Plums; Fruit


Drawings; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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