5 June 2007
William Henry Hunt, O.W.S. (1790-1864)
Portrait of one of the Swain brothers holding a pitcher
signed and dated 'W. HUNT. 1833.' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour with gum arabic and scratching out
10¾ x 6¾ in. (27.4 x 17.2 cm.)
with David James, London.
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J. Witt, William Henry Hunt (1790-1864), London, 1982, p. 222.
Possibly London, Old Water-Colour Society, 1834, no. 323.
The boy depicted in the present watercolour would appear to be one of the three Swain brothers who doubled as footmen and models for Hunt from about 1830-1844. Their services were remembered in Hunt's will, which provided legacies of ten pounds each to John and William Swain.
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