The painter's statement that The Light of the World recorded an actual experience of religious conversion appears in a letter of August 19, 1883 quoted in William Bell Scott, Autobiographical Notes ... and Notices of His Artistic and Poetic Circle of Friends, 1830-1882, ed. W. Minto, 2 vols., London, 1892, I, 312-13. I have discussed Hunt's conversion experience in relation to his art in "William Holman Hunt's 'The Shadow of Death,'" Bulletin of the John Rylands Library of Manchester, LV, 1972, 213-16. [Return to The Importunate Neighbour] /p>

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