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William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910)

The Festival of St Swithin (The Dovecot)

A269; oil on canvas; 73 x 91 cm

Signed with monogram and dated: Whh 66-75

Prov: John Heugh of Holmewood

Bequeathed by Thomas Combe, 1893; WA1894.5

Parris 1984, no. 134; Brown 1987, no. 42

The composition was designed by Holman Hunt for his sister Emily to paint. They began work in 1865, but she gave up and Hunt completed it himself in the following year. In his own view, it was the most highly finished picture he had ever painted: he had even bought the pigeons, all different, and the dovecot.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum index.php/complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.