Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

William Holman Hunt's Portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk
by Runnels, Jennie Mae, M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017, 66; 10278374
Abstract (Summary)

The thesis examines the connection between Jan van Eyck’s (c. 1390-1441) Portrait of a Man (“Léal Souvenir”) (1432) and William Holman Hunt’s portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk (1858). Holman Hunt and Henry Monk shared a period of personal transformation upon their first meeting in Syria in 1854 and again in London in 1858. The execution of Monk’s portrait coincided with National Gallery’s acquisition of Léal Souvenir in 1857. Hunt’s appropriation of stylistic elements and themes drawn from van Eyck’s pictures is a subject that has been addressed by scholars in Hunt’s major works throughout his artistic career. The little known portrait of Monk has, heretofore, been excluded from the current scholarship on this topic. A careful reading of Hunt’s signs and symbols argues for its inclusion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roach, Catherine
Commitee: Chapman, Kathleen, Garberson, Eric
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Department: Art History
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, Art history
Keywords: England, Eyck, Jan van, Hunt, William Holman, Leal Souvenir, Monk, Henry Wentworth, Pre-Raphaelites, Revelation
Publication Number: 10278374
ISBN: 9781369847697