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The Awakening Conscience

1853: Trustees of Sir Colin and Lady Anderson

Hunt very much admired the "modern moral subjects" of Hogarth, and attempted to bring to modern-day painting the same treatment of current social issues.

In this work, we find a very sympathetic portrait of a "fallen" woman at the very moment that she first feels shame for her position, and a not-so sympathetic rendering of her lover.

"My desire," Hunt later wrote, "was to show how the still small voice speaks to a human soul in the turmoil of life."
 
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