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William Holman Hunt British, 1827
red and black chalk with stumping on heavy wove paper 54.3 x 37.4 cm Purchased 1987
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29578)
Portraiture was a central concern for the Pre-Raphaelites. Holman Hunt has here portrayed his new bride like the Virgin Mary during their honeymoon in Jerusalem, following a clandestine marriage. Given the intimacy of the image and the secret circumstances of its production, it is not surprising to learn that the drawing remained in the family's possession until recently.