Study of Christ and Mary for 'The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple'

William Holman Hunt 1827-1910

Charcoal, chalk and watercolour, dated 1858

Accession number WAG 537

Drawing of Christ and Mary

Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by the Misses Helen C and Ethel M Colman, 1949

This is a drawing for the heads of two of the main characters in the painting 'The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple', now in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery|. Most of this was painted in Jerusalem using local models, but Jesus and Mary were done in London, from British models. Jesus looks dreamily into the distance, a reference to his future role, whereas the sweet expression of his mother shows her happiness at finding her son after thinking he was lost.

There is a small version of this painting at Sudley House in Liverpool.