Alfred William Hunt

Male 1830 - 1896  (65 years)


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  • Name Alfred William Hunt 
    Born 15 Nov 1830  Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Career He was an English painter. He was son of Andrew Hunt, a landscape painter. He began to paint while at the Liverpool Collegiate School. However at his father's suggestion he went in 1848 to Corpus Christi College, Oxford to study classics. His career there was distinguished; he won the Newdigate Prize in 1851 for his poem "Nineveh", and became a Fellow of Corpus in 1857. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854, and afterwards contributed landscapes in oil and water-colour to London and other provincial exhibitions. In 1862 was elected as an Associate of the Old Water-Colour Society, receiving full membership in 1864. He was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. [From 'Find A Grave']

    Alfred William Hunt was a landscape painter and watercolourist who was first associated with the Liverpool School of Painters, but later went on to have a successful career in London. His watercolours often combine Pre-Raphaelite precision with Turneresque atmosphere.

    Hunt was the son of a Liverpool landscape painter, and although he was precociously talented in art, his parents wished him to enter the church. He went up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1848, won the Newdigate prize for poetry in 1851, and between 1853 and his marriage in 1861, held an Oxford fellowship. Meanwhile he had become an Associate of the Liverpool Academy in 1854, the year he also began to exhibit paintings at the Royal Academy, London. In 1856 Ruskin in Academy Notes praised one of his works there as 'The best landscape I have ever seen in the exhibition for many a day - uniting most subtle finish and watchfulness of nature, with real and rare power of composition.' After his marriage Hunt moved to London, and devoted himself to painting.

    He was elected Associate of the Old Watercolour Society in 1862 and Member in 1864. He painted throughout Britain and also in France and Switzerland. He painted his atmospheric studies from nature, but increasingly his finished watercolours were developed and elaborated in the studio. His daughter, Violet Hunt, the novelist, lover of Ford Madox Brown and writer of The Wife of Rossetti, gave an account of his life and working method in the second annual volume of the Old Watercolour Society's Club (1925). 
    Died 3 May 1896 
    Probate 2 Jul 1896  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    HUNT Alfred William of 10 Tor Gardens Campden hill Kensington Middlesex landscape painter died 3 May 1896 Probate London 2 July to Margaret Hunt widow Effects 25957 13s.6d. 
    Buried Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I37  Mark Fogg-Elliot
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2013 

    Father Andrew Hunt,   b. 1790,   d. 1861  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Sarah,   b. 1792 or 1793, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet

    Family Margaret Raine,   b. 1831, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912  (Age 81 years) 
    Children 
     1. Isabel Violet Hunt,   b. 28 Sep 1862, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1942, South Lodge, Campden Hill, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Venetia Margaret Hunt,   b. 4 Aug 1864, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1946, Pembrokeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +3. Sylvia Kingsley Hunt,   b. 8 Sep 1865, Durham district Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1920  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    'Gap of Dunlo' Purple Mount - Reeks'
    'Gap of Dunlo' Purple Mount - Reeks'
    Watercolour by Alfred William Hunt RWS (1830-1896), of the Liverpool School of Painters (1810-c.1914)

    Provenance:
    The Artist; by descent to his daughter:
    Mrs Silvia Fogg-Elliot; to her daughter:
    Mrs Katherine Cowgill; to her daughter:
    Mrs Silvia Addington; to her daughter:
    Mary Addington; to 1998
    Alfred William Hunt and Margaret, location unknown
    Alfred William Hunt and Margaret, location unknown


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