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Study for St Joseph, made for the first version of the painting 'The Triumph of the Innocents' (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool); whole-length figure seen from behind, running to right, head and shoulders turned and looking towards left, carrying a bag, and a wooden object from which a shoe hangs, across back, right hand supporting it, at left smaller study of same figure without his head and studies of hands. 1876
Silverpoint with graphite and scraping, on white prepared paper
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Height: 478 millimetres
Width: 297 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The study was made in Jerusalem. Hunt executed a number of later versions.
Literature: Stacey Sell, 'The Interesting and Difficult Medium: The Silverpoint Revival in Nineteenth-century Britain', in Master Drawings 51 (2013), pp.63-86, esp. pp.68-70.
A study for the figure of St Joseph, carrying his carpenter's tools on his back and leading the donkey bearing the Virgin and the Infant Christ, in 'The Triumph of the Innocents' (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool). The subject is essentially the 'Flight into Egypt', escorted by the souls of the Innocents massacred by King Herod. The painting was begun in Jerusalem, on Hunt's third visit to Palestine in 1875-8.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1907 Feb-Mar, Walker AG L'pool, 'The Art of William Holman Hunt' no.100
1907 n.d. Glasgow, 'Pictures and Drawings by William Holman Hunt', no. 52
1969 Mar-Apr, Walker AG Liverpool, 'William Holman Hunt', no.230
1969 May-Jun, London, V&A 'William Holman Hunt', no. 230
1980, BM, 'British Figure Drawings' (no.cat)
1994-5 Sept-Jan, BM, Pre-Raphaelite Drawings, no.5
2015 May-Jul, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
2015 10 Sep-6 Dec, London, British Museum, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
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