(England 02 Apr 1827–07 Sep 1910)
25.6 x 28.9cm board (irreg.)
A study for Holman Hunt's 'Eve of Saint Agnes' exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1848. Hunt sought Millais's assistance in completing the picture and worked on it in the younger artist's studio. It was also this picture which inspired Rossetti to turn to Hunt for help in painting his 'Ecce Ancilla Domini', the first work exhibited bearing the initials PRB. Later in the same year the three paintiners became the principal members of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood,a movement which revolutionized British art.
The blood hound in Hunt's sketch was lent to him by John Blount Price of Islington (as the artist later recalled). The importance of the dogs to Hunt's conception of the subject is refelected in the lines from Keats which he quoted in the Royal Academy exhibition catalogue 'The wakeful blood hound rose, and shook his hide, But his sagacious eye an imate owns'.
Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries (England, estab. 1984), Nov 1986-22 Apr 2002, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Peter Nahum 2002
Private Collection, circa 1950-Nov 1986, offered to Sotherby's London 23 March 1981, lot.21, bt. in at £3,200; re-offered Sotheby's 16 June 1982, lot.277, bt. in at £1,200; purchased by Peter Nahum, November 1986.
Dora Brandreth Rossetti (England), 1932-circa 1950, England, given to private collector c.1950
Gabriel Arthur Rossetti (England), 1919-1932, England, by descent from WM Rossetti 1919; bequeathed to his wife Dora Brandreth Rossetti 1932
William Michael Rossetti (England, b.1829, d.1919), circa 1853-1919, England, gift of the artist to Mr Rossetti; by descent to his son GA Rossetti
Tamsin Pickeral (Author), The dog: 5000 years of the dog in art, 2008, 180 (illus.).
Judith Bronkhurst, William Holman Hunt: a catalogue raisonné, 2006, Vol.1, 114 (colour illus.). cat.no.43
'Acquisitive minds' by Connell Nisbet, pg. 23-27, Look Dec 2003-Jan 2004, Dec 2003-Jan 2004, 24 (colour illus.).
'Year in review', pg. 8-25., Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2002 2002, 2002, 11, 13 (colour illus.).
'On the trail of history: first Holman Hunt painting for Gallery collection' by Richard Beresford, pg.9, Look Sep 2002, Sep 2002, 9 (colour illus.).
Peter Nahum (England), Sally Burgess, Pre-Raphaelite, symbolist, visionary, 2001. cat.no.3
Hilary Morgan, Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelites and their century, 1989. cat.no.10
Apollo May 1988, May 1988, 9 (colour illus.). after restoration
Sotheby's London (England) (Editor), Sotheby's London, London, 23 Mar 1981, (colour illus.). lot.21
Holman Hunt (England, b.1827, d.1910), Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, London, 1905, Vol.1: 98. 'the bloodhounds I painted from a couple possessed by my friend, Mr. J. B. Price'
Loan exhibition of works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites, Manchester City Art Gallery, 1911–1911.
Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1987–1987.
Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelites and their century, The Leicester Galleries, 16 May 1989–20 Jun 1989.
Peter Nahum at Liberty, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 13 Oct 1990–20 Dec 1990.
The Leicester Galleries at the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair 2002, Grosvenor House, 2002–2002.
Pre-Raphaelite, symbolist, visionary, Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, 11 May 2002–30 Jul 2002.