William Holman Hunt Paintings
The Awakening Conscience, 1853
Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 55.9 ( 30 x 22 ich )
Tate Gallery, London
Hunt paintings were not initially successful, and were widely attacked in the art press for their alleged clumsiness and ugliness. Hunt achieved some early note for his intensely naturalistic scenes of modern rural and urban life, such as The Hireling Shepherd and The Awakening Conscience. However, it was with his religious paintings that Hunt became famous, initially The Light of the World (now in the chapel at Keble College, Oxford, with a later copy in St Paul's Cathedral), which toured Britain and the United States. After travelling to the Holy Land in search of accurate topographical and ethnographical material for further religious paintings , Hunt painted The Scapegoat, The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple and The Shadow of Death, along with many landscapes of the region. Hunt also painted many oil paintings based on poems, such as Isabella and The Lady of Shalott.