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Princeton University Library Collection of William Holman Hunt Materials
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists primarily of selected correspondence of William Holman Hunt, the British painter and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of selected correspondence of William Holman Hunt. Correspondents include Arthur Hughes, Helena Faucit Martin, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, John Ruskin, Thomas Woolner, Henry van Dyke, and others. Some of Hunt's letters are addressed to his friend "Bradley" where Hunt writes about his painting The Triumph of the Innocents. Also included is a copy of Hunt's pamphlet on Alfred Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shallott," upon which he based one of his paintings, and some family letters and photographs.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910

William Holman Hunt was a British painter. In 1843, while attending lectures at the Royal Academy Schools, he met Sir John Everett Millais, who together with Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. They sought to revitalize art by emphasizing the detailed observation of the natural world in a spirit of quasi-religious devotion to truth. Although the Pre-Raphaelites broke up in 1852, Hunt remained loyal to that style until his death in 1910.

Collection History


This collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject. Materials have been acquired through multiple purchases over a number of years.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Portions of the finding aid were updated by Kelly Bolding in 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection of William Holman Hunt Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1