William Holman Hunt

A Catalogue Raisonné (Volumes 1 and 2)

Judith Bronkhurst

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September 15, 2006
800 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/9
ISBN: 9780300102352
HC - Set with Slipcase

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

William Holman Hunt was one of the three major artistic talents of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Hunt’s work was always characterized by great seriousness of purpose, and his paintings include many of the most beautiful and powerful images of that midcentury explosion of creativity. This catalogue raisonée gives him the attention he deserves.

The book includes an introduction that assesses Hunt’s life and artistic practice and discusses his aims, philosophy, and religious beliefs, which shed light on his works. While many of his paintings, with their extraordinary effects of light and color, are immediately accessible, his mature works incorporate symbolism that cannot be fully understood without a detailed knowledge of his intentions, and the catalogue entries thoroughly explore this. The volume presents Hunt’s oils and works on paper in two separate sections, and appendixes provide additional information on his illustrated letters, etchings, published illustrations, sculpture, and furniture.

Judith Bronkhurst is assistant librarian at the Witt Library of the Courtauld Institute in London and the leading authority on William Holman Hunt.

"An excellent two-volume catalogue raisonné. . . . Represents an incredible amount of meticulous scholarship of the highest quality. This irreplaceable work should be included in every serious art and every college and university library."—Library Journal

"This richly informative and well-produced catalogue is an achievement on a scale which alone compensates for a lifetime's dedication."---Charlotte Gere, The Art Newspaper

"...presented with a welcome authority and critical style, which leaves you with the feeling that this area is now covered magnificently well for at least the next two decades...If there has to be a book of the year, then this is it."---Richard Edmonds, The Birmingham Post

"Such thorough analysis of work after work results in a catalogue that is an enjoyable, sometimes an exciting, read, as well as a profoundly informative insight into the 19th-century mind"---Andrew Wilton, Apollo

"...a work of exemplary scholarship and indefatiguable sleuthing. These two magnificently illustrated volumes are not only a truly comprehensive survey of his paintings and watercolours, but also a rich and diligently researched account of his life and artisitic aims."---Ian Warrell, The Spectator 

"This exhaustive, valuable catalog of his oils and works on paper, compiled by Hunt scholar Bronkhurst of London's Witt Library Courtauld Institute, adds considerably to the available knowledge of the man and his art. . . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."—Choice

'The publication of Judith Bronkhurst's painstaking and comprehensive researches into the work of William Holman Hunt is a major event in the study of Pre-Raphaelites and British art in general.  Her book is a recent addition to the distinguished series of catalogues of the works of British artists, and artists working in Britain, published by Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.'  - Malcolm Warner, Burlington Magazine

Winner of the 2006 William Berger Prize for British Art History given by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and the British Art Journal