WAG 894


William Henry Hunt was greatly admired for his still life compositions. He was particularly fond of depicting birds' nests, earning him the nickname ‘Bird’s Nest Hunt’. Although there is no nest in this composition, it is likely that this was painted using the same approach as his other still lifes. He tended to paint these works in his studio, working from carefully selected specimens, arranged on freshly dug turf and moss; the composition was then maintained until the painting was finished.