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Hunt, Walter (English)
1861 - 1941

Calves feeding, oil on panel, signed l/r,
15.5" x 19.5" panel, 19.5" x 23.5" frame.

About the Painting: This painting was purchased from a reputable New England antique shop c. 1992 and subsequently consigned to Skinner's Auctioneers who declined to sell it as a Walter Hunt painting without provenance. While in their possesstion, the molding of the gilt frame was damaged - about2" of broken gesso on the upper right side.extending down from the corner molding. The torn paper backing reveals a Liverpool framer's label on a panel that dates from early to mid-20th century. The frame is of Victorian design, but may be of later manufacture. The painting is in excellent condition on good quality hardwood panel c. 1940.

About the Artist:

(1) Painter of animal subjects, especially farmyard scenes, in oil. Born in Fulham, London, on 16th November 1861, son of Charles Hunt, a genre painter. Studied art under his father. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1881. Lived in London where he died on 30th January 1941. - from Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900 - 1950 by Grant M. Waters.

(2) Animal painter; son of Charles H (q.v.) and possibly a brother of Edgar H (q.v.). Painted farmyard scenes in a style similar to Edgar, especially barn interiors with donkeys and calves. Exhib. at RA, 1881 onwards, titles including "Best of Friends", "Twins", etc. "Dog in the Manger", RA, 1885, was bought by the Chantrey Bequest. - from The Dictionary of Victorian Painters.

(3) Walter Hunt was born in Fulham, London, 16th November 1861, the son of Charles Hunt (1829-1900) a painter of genre. Walter studied painting with his father and became primarily a painter of animals although also exhibiting genre works. Walter first exhibited at the Royal Academy at the precocious age of nineteen, “Shelter, a Rainy Day” and in 1885 his “Dog in the Manger” was purchased for the nation by the Chantrey bequest for £250. Walter Hunt had a range of subject matter specialising in paintings of dogs, hunting, barn interiors, farmyard scenes, donkeys and calves, his brother Edgar (1876-1955) who also studied under his father painted farmyard scenes.

Walter Hunt lived in Wandsworth before moving to Southfields in South London at the turn of the century. An artist, like his brother highly regarded for their renditions of animals and the farmyard, Walter exhibited at the Royal Academy 1881-1910 and continued to paint up until his death on 30th January 1941. - from MacConnal-Mason Gallery specializing in the finest quality English and European 19th Century and 20th Century paintings, 14 & 17 Duke Street - St. James’s, London SW1Y 6DB, UK

Note: A painting of the same size, featuring two calves in the same barn setting, was sold by Christies, New York in 1991 for $6,698. It was subsequently offered for sale by a New York City gallery for $16,000. The signatures of the two paintings are identical.

The dog in the manger, signed W. Hunt and dated 1901 (the same title as a painting of 1885 bought by the Chantrey Bequest). Sold Bonhams London for £16,800 (US$ 24,805) inc. premium in 2011.

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