Dear Diary,

I used the painting of The Nest by William Henry Hunt as the border for my blog. He lived in London from 1790 to 1864.

Hunt was one of the creators of the English school of watercolour painting. His subjects, especially those of his later life, are extremely simple; but, by the delicacy, humour and fine power of their treatment, they rank second to works of the highest art only. Considered technically, his works exhibit all the resources of the watercolour painter’s craft, from the purest transparent tinting to the boldest use ofgouache, rough paper and scraping for texture. His sense of color is perhaps as true as that of any English artist. He was, says John Ruskin, all in all, the finest ever painter of still life.

Here are a couple more of his paintings ..


Fruit by William Henry Hunt 1790-1864

The Shadow of Death 1871




Primroses and Birds’ Nests

Primroses and Bird's Nest by William Henry Hunt 1790-1864

In his lifetime, Hunt earned special notice for the accuracy and fine detail of his still lifes with birds’ nests, as with the aforementioned Primroses and Birds’ Nests—so much so that he acquired the nickname “Bird’s Nest” Hunt.

I have looked at a lot of his paintings and I  think I have found a new favorite artist!

…  new info … 

William Henry Hunt is my favorite 19th century artist, and I have studied his works for the past 40 years. But there were two artists who are often known by the names W. H. Hunt. The first, bird’s nest Hunt, went by the name William Hunt in his lifetime, and he almost exclusively painted watercolors. When the Pre-Raphaelite painter, William Holman Hunt (who primarily worked in oils), gained his greatest prominance after the earlier Hunt had passed away, those in the art business started referring to the painter of birds’ nests and other subjects by his full name, William Henry Hunt. The second and third paintings which you have included on this page are by William Holman Hunt, not William Henry Hunt.