Female Nude - Study from behind
Accession number: 1946P29
Pen and Indian ink on buff paper with touches of white.
Width: 356 mm
Height: 511 mm
Hunt constantly returned to the live model in his work, recalling in his autobiography, the circumstances in which this study is likely to have been produced: 'A life school has been started in Kensington, to meet three evenings a week; the early list of members included Thomas Oldham Barlow, Augustus Egg, Val Prinsep and John Phillip, to which Mulready was eventually added'. William Mulready (1786-1863), whom the Pre-Raphaelites respected, and who was sympathetic to their cause, was famous as a perennial student of the life class. This drawing of Hunt's is very close to Mulready's favoured pen and ink technique. This is a rare example of an extant life drawing by Hunt that is not directly related to a painting.
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