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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Hunt_(painter)
Here are a couple more of his paintings ..
The Shadow of Death 1871
Primroses and Birds’ Nests
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!