The Haunt of the Gazelle

William Holman Hunt 1827-1910

Watercolour, dated 1854

Accession number WAG 980

The Haunt of the Gazelle, William Holman Hunt

Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Mrs Elias, 1952

Hunt visited Egypt and Palestine in 1854 in search of authentic settings for his Biblical pictures, such as 'The Scapegoat'. The gazelle was painted near Gizeh, outside Cairo, resting by a pool in the desert, with the mountains in the distance.

The composition is similar to 'The Scapegoat', but the gazelle is an image of gentle repose, without any highly charged religious message.