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William Henry Hunt OWS (1790-1864)

William Henry Hunt, OWS (1790-1864)

William Henry Hunt was one of the most distinctive and influential of early Victorian watercolourists, who became synonymous with his naturalistic still life compositions executed in detailed stippling.

The son of a tin-plate worker and japanner, William Henry Hunt was baptised in London on 28 March 1790, and grew up at 8 Old Belton Street (now Endell Street), Covent Garden. As a result of his deformed legs and stunted growth, he was encouraged by his parents to pursue a career in art, and at the age of 16 he was placed with John Varley (living with him for a time at 18 Broad Street, Golden Square). There he made friends with William Mulready and John Linnell; Linnell and Hunt exerted a positive influence on each other’s work and made a number of sketching tours together in Southern England. While still a pupil of Varley, he began to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts (1807-25) and spent a short time in the Royal Academy Schools (1808- 09), during which he helped to re-decorate Drury Lane Theatre. His earliest important private patrons were the Duke of Devonshire and the Earl of Essex, who respectively commissioned drawings of the staterooms at Chatsworth and Cassiobury.

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