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William Holman Hunt And His Works. A Memoir Of The Artist's Life, With Description Of His Pictures.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Published By James Nisbet & Co. 21, Berners Street, W., 1860.

Physical Description

[2], 115, [1] p.; 212 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p.] - [Text] - Appendix.

Responsibility Note

In the Royal Academy's copy the author's name, not printed on the title-page, is inscribed in ink below the title, 'By Frederic G. Stephens.' The printers' names are given on the t.p. verso: 'London: Cox And Wyman, Printers, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn Fields.'


J. Bronkhurst, William Holman Hunt: a catalogue raisonnée (2004); M. Bennet, Artists of the Pre-Raphaelite circle: the first generation: catalogue of works in the Walker Art Gallery ... (1988); D.S. Macleod, 'F.G. Stephens, Pre-Raphaelite critic and art historian', in Burlington magazine, 128 (1986 June), p.398-406; A Pre-Raphaelite friendship: the correspondence of William Holman Hunt and John Lucas Tupper, ed. J.H. Coombs et al. (1986); The Pre-Raphaelites, ed. L. Parris [exhibition catalogue] (1984); G.P. Landow, 'William Holman Hunt's letters to Thomas Seddon', in Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library, 66 (1983-4), p.139-72; William Holman Hunt [exhibition catalogue] (1969); W.E. Fredeman, Pre-Raphaelitism: a bibliographical study (1965).

Summary Note

This memoir, published anonymously, was by Frederic George Stephens, who had met Hunt and Millais at the Royal Academy Schools and joined with them to form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. The memoir concludes with the author's statement that his purpose has not been to praise a living man but 'to give an explanation of his principles of Art (while calling attention to the efforts of the modern English school) and to urge their importance'. The Appendix is a compilation of 'Opinions Of The Press', all dated 1860. Stephens wrote less favorably about the Pre-Raphaelites in his later publications.


The title-page is inscribed in ink above the title, 'For the Royal Academy Library.' and below the title 'By Frederic G. Stephens.'

Binding Note

19th-century blue cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers with blind-stamped decoration, upper cover lettered 'William Holman Hunt And His Works.'

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Great Britain - History - 19th century - Pre-Raphaelites
Biography - Memoirs - Art criticism - Great Britain - 19th century