Hunt, Alfred William (1830-1896) by Scholes, Robert

Alfred William Hunt (1830 – 1896) The following text has been adapted, with corrections, from the overview provided on the Victorian Web: He was the son of a Liverpool landscape painter, but 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 painted throughout Britain and also in France and Switzerland. His daughter, Violet Hunt, the novelist who lived openly with Ford Madox Hueffer, gave an account of his life and working method in the second annual volume of the Old Watercolour Society’s Club (1925).

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