by Scholes, Robert
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William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910)
Holman Hunt was born in Cheapside, London, and was from the start keen to be an artist, despite discouragement from his father, a warehouseman. He gained admission to the Royal Academy Schools on his third attempt, and there met Millais and afterwards Rossetti, and together they founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The proto-modernist critics of The New Age did not admire him. In reviewing an exhibit in Edinburgh, Huntly Carter noted (Vol. 6, No. 22, p. 525) that "Holman Hunt's 'Triumph of the Innocents' occupies several yards of valuable wall space and a page and a half of the catalogue. This picture is a great tourist. Such is fame--especially in a land called Scotland."