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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Primroses and Bird's Nests

Watercolour
ca. 1850 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour
Brief Description
Primroses and Bird's Nests, ca. 1850 by William Henry Hunt (1790-1864).
Physical Description
Painting of two birds' nests on the ground, against a mossy bank with primroses.
Dimensions
  • Height: 347mm
  • Width: 355mm
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • Coombs, Katherine British watercolours : 1750-1950 . London: V&A Publications, 2012p.57, pl.46, detail on p.38
Collection
Accession Number
1525-1869

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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