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Investigating the Authenticity of Paintings and Drawings believed to be by or Attributed to;

William Henry Hunt RWS

'Birds nest Hunt'

W H Hunt - Wm H Hunt - Henry Hunt

(1790 - 1864)

English Watercolourist

 

 

  A Londoner, born near Covent Garden and suffering from a crippling disability, Hunts earlier works include landscapes, church & secular interiors and portraits but he became increasingly taken with still life subjects.

William Henry Hunt was one of the most admired and prolific watercolourists of the Victorian period and for John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, he viewed his paintings as ‘virtually faultless’, having first studied under John Varley, painting intricate and highly detailed still lifes of flowers, fruit and feathers that earned him the nickname ‘Bird’s Nest’ Hunt.

 Between 1825 and 1845 William Hunt concentrated on painting large rural genre subjects which have always been highly prized, interior settings and scenes, particularly barns and cottages, but far less well known are his single figures of country folk, men and women, observed in their homes or places of work. Hunt developed a unique method of using body colour and stippling techniques giving an enamel like appearance to his paintings, which became hugely popular with the public and due to the enormous influence of Ruskin, even in his lifetime, works by W H Hunt were fetching enormous amounts at auction.

 So popular in fact that a raft of followers of William Henry Hunt emerged, all painting similarly and using the same subject matter, though all displaying differing qualities and values to collectors, the list being extensive:

Including; William Cruikshank, William Hough, John Atkinson Grimshaw, William Hull, Thomas Frederick Collier, John Sherrin, John Jessop Hardwick and George and Vincent Clare.  Add: Mary Elizabeth Duffield, George Harris, Valentine Bartholomew, and many would find it difficult to differentiate. They too had their own followers and that seriously compounds the attribution  and authenticity issue.

 William Henry Hunts' exquisite paintings are often poorly imitated today, with the attempted imitation or an attempt at deception undoubtedly due to the vastly increasing values of his works of art in recent years.

With so many variations of paintings claiming to be his, either deliberately faked or more commonly misrepresented or misattributed to his hand, be that mistakenly or deliberately, appearing on the art market.

 It may indeed be true that there are works of his that were either lost, mislaid, or have been with families for eons that have never surfaced to date and are yet to be documented. But it must be said, some of the Hunts' works that do appear on the open market will need investigating to be certain of their legitimacy.

 Falsified works however, by the inclusion of a copied signature or monogram placed on a work of art that is just a similar or early type, style, or subject matter to William Henry Hunts ' paintings, or one applied to a previously unsigned or lesser quality work, such as a student of the arts emulated effort, where an original signature has been deleted and anew one added. It is no wonder that question marks can and often do, arise about the authenticity of some of his paintings.

 We are international fine art consultants, specializing in conducting full investigations into the authenticity of works of art created by artists in all categories, all regions and from historical eras, alongside scrutinizing their provenance.

Confidentially serving both private individuals and corporate clients from around the world for over 45 years, we can assist and advise you in all fine art related matters, particularly issues of authenticity, legitimacy and the attribution of old and modern master works of art. Including the fine works of W H Hunt, his circle, or any paintings or works of art that you are unsure about.

 Some examples of William Henry Hunt works and those signed with that name, appear below. No inference or question is made as to their authenticity, moreover they are a representational view of the types of works offered for sale at auction internationally which need to be understood and sometimes qualified.

 

 

 

William Henry Hunt, O.W.S.
Portrait of one of the Swain brothers holding a pitcher signed and dated 'W. HUNT. 1833.'
pencil and watercolour with gum Arabic and scratching out.

Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 3,500

Price realised GBP £19,200.00


William Henry Hunt, O.W.S.
A gardener in his potting shed
signed 'W. HUNT' pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour with gum Arabic

Sold GBP £20,315.00

William Henry Hunt, O.W.S. Interior of a Drawing Room with a Lady at her Writing Desk signed

'W HUNT'; pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour, gum Arabic and white heightening

SOLD £31,050.00 US $49,351.00

Estimate:£6,000 - £8,000

 

WILLIAM HENRY HUNT PEAR, APPLE AND HOLLY. Signed with initials bottom right,

watercolour and gouache on heavy paper

laid down to card. Estimate: $300 - $500

William Henry Hunt, O.W.S. Still life of plums signed 'W.Hunt' (lower right) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour Sold £2,000.00  US $3,323.00

William Henry Hunt, Still-life of rosehips, blackberries and plums, on a mossy bank signed indistinctly (lower right) pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour Sold  £3,840.00  US $7,62600
 
William Henry Hunt [1790-1864] - Still life of grapes and a peach on a bank - signed bottom left watercolour 17 x 22cm.
Estimate: £300 - £500 Not Sold

Attributed to William Henry Hunt (1790-1864) British. Study of a Young Boy, Seated in a Wooden Chair, Watercolour, Indistinctly Signed,

Est £ 80 - 120 GBP

Circle of William Henry Hunt (1790-1864) British. Still Life with Fruit, on a Marble Ledge, Oil on Panel, bears a Signature Estimate: £100 - £150 Not Sold  
 

William Henry Hunt, O.W.S. A lady asleep in

a chair pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of bodycolour.

Sold £1,750.00 US $2,728.00

Attributed to William Henry Hunt (London 1790-1864) A hare in a basket, a partridge and two quails on a half draped marble table signed 'W.H. Hunt.' oil on panel Sold US $2,697.00

WILLIAM HENRY HUNT O.W.S. (BRITISH 1790-1864) GIRL READING A LETTER BY LAMPLIGHT Signed and dated 1827, watercolour and pencil

Sold for £10,625.00  US $13,755.00

 

 


 

 

 

 

  Both the duration and direction of any attribution or investigation of authenticity will always vary from project to project, but there are clear and well defined professional formalities, responsibilities and areas of scrutiny that we can assist you with including:

 

Authentication: Authentification: Conducting and directing comprehensive investigations and in depth research, with a view to establishing a correct, complete and formally recognized certification of a work of art. One that is absolutely upheld by the appropriate, legally acknowledged and internationally sanctioned authority, body or expert on that given artist.

Directing detailed and complicated inquiries with multilingual, international academic research and any forensic applications that are required.

 

 Attribution:  Identifying and confirming the identity of a previously anonymous artist, studio or workshop from which a work of art most likely originated. Including the re-examination and investigation of a previous attribution which may be incorrect, or the scrutiny of an attribution that has been formally questioned or doubted.

 

 Confirmation:  Undertaking research and investigations into the legitimacy of the provenance, history and prior ownership of a work of art and establishing its own accuracy.


 Scrutiny: Examen minutieux: Identifying fake works of art and forgeries, including any false supportive accompanying documentation and determining works of art which may be studio or later copies, or previous incorrect attributions.

 Prosecution: Poursuite: Investigating alleged art fraud and forgery and assisting and advising those who are , or may be considering litigating or prosecuting the fact. This includes legal professionals and private clients.

 Attention:  Conducting all fine art related due diligence and duty of care inquiries. Including safe prepurchase or sale related audits and assisting clients in consolidating a well balanced future family distribution.

 

 Appraisal: Évaluation - Valuations, quality and condition reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step one in the Art Authentication and Attribution process.

William Henry Hunt

The Pre-Authentication Assessment.

 

 

    Sensibly, before you begin any art authenticity, legitimacy, or any artist attribution investigation, it is more than wise to have an impartial preliminary assessment of the viability of the project conducted first. Made to independently and rationally balance any negative issues there may be against the positive elements. Treat this study as your safety net.

 We will be happy to professionally undertake this for you, based upon good quality images that you supply and all the known facts regarding its acquisition, the history and provenance of the work of art as is known to you.

You will then have a far better understanding of the prospects and pitfalls that could lie ahead.

See our FAQ's for details of the process

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  Avant d'entreprendre une enquête sur l'authenticité d'une œuvre d'art ou l'attribution d'un artiste, il est plus que prudent de procéder à une évaluation impartiale de sa faisabilité. Ceci est fait pour équilibrer indépendamment tous les problèmes négatifs qui peuvent exister contre le positif.

Nous serons heureux d'entreprendre cette étude d'une manière professionnelle pour vous que nous considérons comme votre principal filet de sécurité.
Il sera basé sur les images que vous fournissez et tous les faits connus concernant votre acquisition, son passé et la provenance de l'œuvre telle que vous la connaissez.
Vous aurez alors une meilleure compréhension des perspectives et des difficultés éventuelles à venir, avant de prendre une décision.

 

 

 Spanish flag Antes de embarcarse en cualquier investigación de autenticidad artística o atribución de artista, es más que prudente realizar primero una evaluación imparcial de su viabilidad. Esto se hace para equilibrar independientemente cualquier problema negativo que pueda haber contra el positivo.

Nos complace emprender profesionalmente ese estudio para usted, que consideramos su red de seguridad. Se basará en las imágenes que usted suministre y todos los hechos conocidos con respecto a su adquisición, historia pasada y procedencia del trabajo tal como lo conoce.

Entonces tendrá una mejor comprensión.

 


 

 

 

ABOUT PAINTING DESCRIPTORS AND TERMINOLOGY

William Henry Hunt

 

 

  It is important to understand the auction terms used in any published descriptor and to be cautious of works that may just be painted in the style or manner of the artist, or even the stylized - would be copies of his works which happen to bear a signature or monogram. In this case the paintings and drawings of William Henry Hunt.

 

 Where the name, William Henry Hunt is given with the first name/s and surname of the artist, usually as William Henry Hunt, then in their professional opinion they are in no doubt, it is the genuine and authentic item, one painted by the artist himself, William H Hunt.

 When Attributed to William H Hunt, similarly written or used, then in their opinion it is 'probably' a work by the artist, at least in part. But there is no guarantee. It's only an opinion.

 When William Henry Hunt; “Studio of ….” or “Workshop of William Henry Hunt" or atelier" is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work executed in the studio of the artist. Possibly by an apprentice or even a pupil under the principal artists supervision.

 But if the term William Henry Hunt, or “Circle of William Henry Hunt” is used, then in their opinion, it is a work of the period of the artist and showing his influence, or closely associated with the artist, BUT not necessarily by his pupil or student.

 When the name William Henry Hunt is given; or Painted in the “Style of William Henry Hunt” or “Follower of William Henry Hunt is used, this means that in their opinion it is a work of art executed only in the artist’s 'style', but not necessarily by a pupil. But it may be contemporary, or nearly contemporary of the artist.

 If the phrase in the “Manner of William Henry Hunt, is used it is defined….” Then in their opinion it's a work painted in the style of the artist but of a later date and definitely not by the artist himself.

 When the term “After….William Henry Hunt"; is the term, then in their opinion it is a copy (made at any date) of an authentic and original work by the artist. This also applies to prints made 'after' an original..

 W H Hunt; “Signed…”, “Dated….” or “Inscribed William Henry Hunt” Then in their opinion the work has been signed/dated/or inscribed by that specific artist. The addition of a question mark however, indicates a strong element of doubt.

 When the term William Henry Hunt is used followed by the words; "With signature ….”, or “With date ….” or “With inscription….” or “Bears signature William Henry Hunt/date/or inscription” Then in their opinion, the signature / date / or inscription is spurious, forged or has been added by someone else other than the artist.

 

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