Double sided sheet of studies

William Holman Hunt 1827-1910

Pencil and red chalk, drawn around 1847-8

Accession number WAG 10534

Front of doubled sided sheet of sketches of figures by Holman Hunt

Front of sheet of studies

Reverse of doubled sided sheet of sketches of figures by Holman Hunt

Reverse side of sheet of studies

Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Grant fund and the Friends of Merseyside Museums and Art Galleries, 1985.

Both sides of a sheet of sketches by Holman Hunt are shown here. The front of the sheet includes several studies of a kneeling figure in slightly different positions. In the centre, one of these is outlined in an oval. This is the pose Hunt selected for the kneeling Virgin Mary in his painting 'Christ and the two Maries', which is now in the Art Gallery of South Australia, in Adelaide.

At the top of the reverse side are several thumbnail sketches for 'The Eve of St Agnes' (Walker Art Gallery), including a drawing of the lovers Madeleine and Porphyro escaping from her father's house. The sketch shows Madeleine reaching for the door, but in the painting it is Porphyro who opens it. There is also a profile of Christ, sideways on. This relates to a discarded idea for the painting of 'Christ and the two Maries'.