Sold Pen and sepia ink with pencil, 6 by 4 1/4 ins (15 by 11 cm)
Provenance: by descent from the artist?s family to Hilary Holman Hunt; bought Christie?s, 28 July 1965 by the Hon Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Literature: J,Bronkhurst, William Holman Hunt: A Catalogue Raisonne, Yale, 2006, drawings vol, p.169, no.D341(illustrated)
Judith Bronkhurst (op cit) has identified the present work as part of a series of drawings relating to ?One touch of nature makes the whole world kin?. The passage is a quotation from Shakespeare?s play Troilus and Cressida and is also a private meditation by the artist on family life. Holman Hunt?s own family are the models for the drawing, the young child to the left of the roundel being a portrait of his daughter Gladys. The tondo is based on similar reliefs by Luca or Andre Della Robbia (examples of which were in the artist?s own collection), but the Madonna on the roundel is a portrait of Holman Hunt?s wife. The age of Hunt?s daughter in this drawing helps to date the work to c.1878.
The present work is to be shown in Three Centuries of British Art at the Shepherd and Derom Galleries, New York in late September and October 2011. For more information also contact the gallery:
Shepherd and Derom Galleries, 58 East 79th Street, New York,
Tel: 212-861-4050 - Fax: 212-772-1314
A fully illustrated catalogue will also be available from early September.