William Holman Hunt, O.M., R.W.S.


The Birthday


For the catalogue note on this work, click here.


Oil on canvas

40 ½ x 28 ⅝ in.

(102.9 x 72.7 cm.)

In the original artist’s designed frame


Signed and inscribed on a label on reverse: 'Portrait of Marion [written above the line] Edith Gertrude [crossed out] Waugh/painted by W Holman Hunt and/given to her as a memento of her/twenty first birthday/W Holman Hunt' and with inscription 'The property of Hilary L. Holman-Hunt Given by his Mother M E Holman-Hunt on his marriage [these three words added by a different hand] Portrait of M E Holman-Hunt aged 21 years by William Holman-Hunt' (by Edith Holman-Hunt, on the backboard)