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The Art of JAMA
April 16, 2014

Our English Coasts (Strayed Sheep): William Holman Hunt

JAMA. 2014;311(15):1482-1483. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279446

Sheep can safely graze

where a good shepherd watches over them.1

Paintings by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) likely provoked an arched eyebrow or two when they first appeared during those Victorian days. His realistic and naturalistic depictions of human foibles were a departure from artistic conventions of the time that tended toward a more classical style. In and out of fashion over time, Hunt’s colorful, detailed paintings often had a moral narrative. Although some of his scenes may have been viewed as a bit impertinent for his era, he would go on to achieve fame worldwide for his beloved work The Light of the World, picturing Christ knocking at a door, bearing a glowing lantern.