William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910):
The School-Girl's Hymn
A266; oil on panel; 35 x 25 cm.
Signed and dated: 18 WHH 59.
Bequeathed by Thomas Combe, 1893; WA1894.2.
This is a 'pot-boiler' and shows 'a girl going to school in a smiling summer Sunday morning, singing her hymn as she walks along'. The model was Miriam Wilkinson, a labourer's daughter Hunt met while staying with Thomas Combe at a farmhouse near Hastings in Kent in 1858. The painting was completed in October 1859 and bought by Combe before the opening of an exhibition at Gambart's gallery.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation