Robert Braithwaite Martineau
William Holman Hunt 1827-1910
Black crayon and coloured chalk, dated 1860
Accession number WAG 2443
Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the artist, 1907
Robert Martineau was a follower of the Pre-Raphaelites. His best known paintings are 'The Last Day in the Old Home' (Tate Gallery) and 'The Poor Actress's Christmas Dinner' (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford). Martineau was a pupil of Hunt's and for a time shared a studio with him.
This is one of a group of portrait drawings Hunt made of his artist friends.
Hunt gave this drawing and the one of Edward Lear to the Walker in gratitude for the encouragement and prizes he had received from the Liverpool Academy in the 1850s.