A study for the headpiece of 'The Ballad of Oriana' by Tennyson, probably executed during Hunt's trip to the Near East and, as stated by Brockhurst, may be connected with the depiction of the hindquarters of a camel in his later drawings of ' Rebekah at the Well' (1863) .

  • Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1985.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist William Holman Hunt -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
'Oriana' For Tennyson illustration (by Edith Holman Hunt)/ Camel's hind foot on same side a little/ before the fore foot (verso)
- - Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
on loan
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1965 - 1985
Tennyson 1809-1892 A Centenary Celebration
240 Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere 1992-03-01 - 1992-06-30
240 Usher Gallery, Lincoln 1992-07-01 - 1992-09-30


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
William Holman Hunt: A Catalogue Raisonne
Judith Bronkhurst 2006 Yale University Press, New Haven and London D 148


By descent in the artist's family to Mrs Elisabeth Burt; sold Sotheby's 15 October 1985 (69 part); Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1985.

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Name Type
Lord Alfred Tennyson Author

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