Celebrated for his still life paintings, Hunt became known as ‘Bird’s Nest Hunt’. The three eggs have been identified as blackbird eggs, a bird closely related to the thrush, which is indicated in the title.
John Ruskin was a great admirer of Hunt’s watercolours. Ruskin referred to his technique in his book 'Elements of Drawing' (1857) when describing the principle of ‘gradation’. The textures of paint constantly shift between different variants of tone and shade, creating the ‘rich and luscious’ effect that Ruskin particularly valued.