This day I excuse thee

William Holman Hunt

Production Description

Document Title: [Untitled]
Author: William Holman Hunt
Date of composition: 1848 September
Type of Manuscript: holograph
Collation: 2 pages


Current Location: Library of the South African National Gallery

Physical Description

Paper: pale blue unlined
Dimensions of Document: 8 x 4 3/4 in
Other Physical Features: The surface of the left side of the manuscript is badly defaced by fire and water damage. The first four inches of the sheet is also torn away on the left side.

Scholarly Commentary


This manuscript in preserved in the Rossetti/Wahl collection in the library of the National Gallery of South Africa. The left side of the paper is badly water and fire damaged so that recovering the text is extremely difficult. Above the first line of the poem, in pencil, is WMR's note: “? 1848 Sept.”, which seems a shrewd guess made by WMR many years after the poem's original occasion.

The poem is written on one sheet. The text on the recto is in two columns, breaking after line27. The text on the verso commences with line 51.

Printing History

The poem has never been printed.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: hunt003.sangms.rad.xml
Copyright: Published with the permission of Iziko Museums of Cape Town