[The Abundance of Egypt]
Etching on india with very large margins, platemark 155 x 120mm (6 x 4¾"). Uncut sheet. Only published edition.
The best known of the five original etchings by Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). Holman Hunt travelled to the Near East in the 1850s, visiting Cairo, Nazareth, Beirut, the Cedars of Lebanon and Damascus between 1854 and 1856. The visit distanced Holman Hunt from his Pre-Raphaelite colleagues, but resulted in several successful artworks. This etching relates to Holman Hunt's 'The Afterglow in Egypt' (Southampton C.A.G.) which he began in Giza in 1854 (a smaller version is in the Ashmolean Museum). Published in the portfolio 'Etchings for the Art Union of London by the Etching Club' (1857) in an edition of 500. The portfolio also included Holman Hunt's 'The Desolation of Egypt'.
Hartnoll 14; for 'The Desolation of Egypt' see ref. 35879.
[Ref: 35878] £250.00