Alfred William Hunt, 1881 possibly

WAG 386

About this object

At the beginning of their marriage, Hunt and his wife lived in Old Elvet in Durham. He returned to the city throughout his career and made many drawings of Durham and the surrounding countryside. Hunt was concerned with the overall impression of a place. His treatment of light and atmosphere showed the evolving character of the seasons.

This watercolour shows the three towers of the cathedral against the south-western sky. The main keep of Durham Castle, begun by William the Conqueror (1027/8-1087) in 1072, is visible on the far right. The 12th century Elvet Bridge crosses the River Wear in the foreground. It was probably made around 1881. It was exhibited that year at the Old Watercolour Society (now the Royal Watercolour Society) in London. Hunt was born in Liverpool. He went to Oxford University but returned to the city as a young man to pursue his career as an artist. He was very influenced by Pre-Raphaelite artists and ideas.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Alfred William Hunt (British: English, born:1830-11-15, died:1896-05-03)
  • Date
    1881 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 37.7 cm x 54.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A misty landscape view looking over a town towards a cathedral in the distance under a cloudy sky. There is a bridge crossing a river in the middle distance, with trees and fields in the foreground.
  • Related people
    Reverend E C Dewick (Previous owner) ; Alfred William Hunt (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 386
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Reverend E C Dewick in 1919
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • Reverend E C Dewick

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1919
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: A W Hunt, 1881
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Object view = Fine Art
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