Study of Christ and Mary for 'The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple'
William Holman Hunt 1827-1910
Charcoal, chalk and watercolour, dated 1858
Accession number WAG 537
Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by the Misses Helen C and Ethel M Colman, 1949
This is a drawing for the heads of two of the main characters in the painting 'The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple', now in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Most of this was painted in Jerusalem using local models, but Jesus and Mary were done in London, from British models. Jesus looks dreamily into the distance, a reference to his future role, whereas the sweet expression of his mother shows her happiness at finding her son after thinking he was lost.
There is a small version of this painting at Sudley House in Liverpool.