Chapter 1.

Chapter 2.

Chapter 3.

Chapter 4.

Chapter 5.

Chapter 6.

Chapter 7.

Chapter 8.

Chapter 9.

Chapter 10.

Chapter 11.


William Henry Hunt  OWS (1790-1864)
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“Painter and watercolorist of fruit and flowers, rustic genre, and landscapes. Sometimes referred to as ‘Birds’ Nest Hunt’ or ‘Hedgerow Hunt’. Although primarily a watercolourist, Hunt’s works influenced many Victorian painters, as well as watercolourists. Because of a deformity in his legs which made it difficult for him to walk, Hunt’s parents decided on an artistic career for him, and placed him with John Varley. In 1807 he began to exhibit oils at the RA; in 1808 entered Royal Academy Schools. Elected ARWS 1824, RWS 1826. His early work mostly landscapes, rustic genre or architectural studies, much influenced by Varley. About 1827 he began to paint fruit and flowers, and candlelight scenes. His technique also changed. Using body-colour, he developed an individual method of hatching and stippling over a white ground, similar to that of Birket Foster. These pretty, enamel-like watercolours became enormously popular, and were also much admire by Ruskin. Hunt’s studio sale was held at Christie’s on 16 May 1864.”



(Biographical Source: Wood, Christopher. The Dictionary of Victorian Painters. 2nd ed. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1978. Print.)

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