Herbert, who had studied at the RA Schools, began by painting portraits and romanticised subjects from Italian history. He came into contact with the Nazarenes in the mid-1830s and slowly adopted a harder, drier style under their influence. Through the architect-designer A. W. N. Pugin, a Catholic convert, Herbert himself converted around 1840, and from then on painted religious subjects. He was Master of the Government Schools of Design and was commissioned to paint frescoes for the new Houses of Parliament. Herbert exhibited over a hundred paintings at the RA between 1830 and 1889.
The Fine Art Society Story. Part I. London: The Fine Art Society, 2001.
Last modified 30 July 2001