During the first period of Hunt’s career – to 1830, Hunt spent many winter months of each year at Hastings. It was at Hastings that Hunt occupied lodgings in the Old Town adjacent to the fishing quarter where he did inumerable drawings, many simple slight pencil sketches of fishing boats being loaded or unloaded on the beach. Other pencil sketches provided material for his numerous watercolours of seascapes, shore scenes, sunsets and fisher folk which he made over a number of years.
Re: William Henry Hunt (1790-1864) Life and Work, with a Catalogue. John Witt. pages 43. 220. 239.