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Identification and Creation

Object Number
William Henry Hunt, British, English (London, England 1790 - 1864 London, England)
Bird's Nest
Work Type
c. 1855-1860
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Physical Descriptions

Watercolor with white gouache on white board
16.7 x 25.8 cm (6 9/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower right: W. Hunt


Recorded Ownership History
?Mr. Barnes. ?John Ruskin. William Ward, sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1898

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Fine Arts Appropriation Fund
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Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Frederick Cummings, Allen Staley, and Robert Rosenblum, Romantic Art in Britain: Paintings and Drawings 1760-1860, exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts and Philadelphia Museum of Art (Detroit/Philadelphia, 1968), cat. no. 156, repr.
  • Sir John Clermont Witt, William Henry Hunt (1790-1864): Life and Work, with a Catalogue, Berrie & Jenkins (London, 1982), p. 201, no. 618
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Susan C. Ricci, "The Last Ruskinians", American Art Review (March -April 2007), XIX, no. 2, pp. 80-89, repr. p. 80
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, Melissa Renn, and Susan C. Ricci, The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2007), pp. 21, 41, 60, 93, pl. 9
  • Melissa Renn, "Deep Seers: John Ruskin, Charles Herbert Moore and the Teaching of Art at Harvard", Persistent Ruskin: Studies in Influence, Assimilation and Effect, ed. Keith Hanley and Brian Maidment, Ashgate Publishing (Surrey, England, 2013), pp. 137-155, p. 151

Exhibition History

  • Romantic Art in Britain: Paintings and Drawings 1760-1860, Detroit Institute of Arts, 01/09/1968 - 02/18/1968; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 03/14/1968 - 04/21/1968
  • The Last Ruskinians: Charles Eliot Norton, Charles Herbert Moore, and Their Circle, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/07/2007 - 07/08/2007

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