Working Late

Alfred William Hunt,

WAG 1473

About this object

'Working Late' was first exhibited at the Old Watercolour Society (now the Royal Watercolour Society) in 1873. Like many of Hunt's late watercolours, most of which are concerned with spectacular or unusual effects of light, it is characterised by an exhaustive stipple technique and a poetic conception of the landscape.

The attention paid to the detailed description of the foreground rocks provides an interesting connection with Hunt's earlier Pre-Raphaelite period.

Hunt's masterful handling of colour and light supports the opinion of those who regard him as the Victorian heir of JMW Turner (1775 - 1851).
In the middle distance Hunt has created a pleasing contrast between the toil of the workers in the field on the left with the almost motionless calm of the cattle on the right .

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Alfred William Hunt (British: English, born:1830-11-15, died:1896-05-03)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 49.5 cm x 75 cm
  • Physical description
    A mountainous landscape and stream, possibly in Wales, with labourers toiling in the fields in the misty evening light.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner) ; William Sprotson Caine (Previous owner) ; Alfred William Hunt (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1473
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by W S Caine in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • William Sprotson Caine

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1874
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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