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Watercolour - Primroses and Bird's Nests
  • Primroses and Bird's Nests
    Hunt, William Henry, born 1790 - died 1864
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Primroses and Bird's Nests

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case WD, shelf 66, box C(I)

The nickname of William Henry Hunt was 'Birds' Nest Hunt'. This was because he specialised in the kind of microscopic view of hedgerows shown in this painting. Despite his nickname, he painted a very wide range of subjects. He used detailed brushwork and clear bright colours. He was also one of the most prolific painters and exhibitors of watercolours of the 19th century. The Old Watercolour Society showed nearly 800 of his paintings.

Physical description

Painting of two birds' nests on the ground, against a mossy bank with primroses.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca. 1850 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques



Height: 347 mm, Width: 355 mm

Descriptive line

Primroses and Bird's Nests, ca. 1850 by William Henry Hunt (1790-1864).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.57, pl.46, detail on p.38
Coombs, Katherine British watercolours : 1750-1950 . London: V&A Publications, 2012

Subjects depicted

Nest; Egg; Primroses; Flowers


Drawings; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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