William Hobman Hunt - solo dopo l'artista cambiò il suo secondo nome in Holman - nacque a Londra il 2 aprile 1827. Inizialmente venne avviato alla pratica commerciale; resosi conto della propria vocazione artistica, tuttavia, abbandonò il mondo del commercio per dedicarsi agli studi pittorici alla National Gallery e al British Museum.
The Shadow of Death is a religious painting by William Holman Hunt, on which he worked from 1870 to 1873, during his second trip to the Holy Land. It depicts Jesus as a young man prior to his ministry, working as a carpenter.
William Holman Hunt OM (2 April 1827 – 7 September 1910) was an English painter and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.His paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid colour, and elaborate symbolism.