William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910):
Self-portrait at the Age of 14
A947; oil on canvas; 46 x 36 cm.
Prov: by descent from the artist to Mrs Burt.
Purchased (Virtue-Tebbs Bequest Fund), 1961; WA1961.23.
One of Hunt's earliest paintings, dating from 1841, when he was working as an office clerk by day, attending drawing classes by night, and taking weekly lessons with the portrait painter, Henry Rogers. He adopted a similar pose in a Self-portrait at the Age of 17 (Birmingham City Art 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