Burlington Paintings, London;
Private Collection, United States
Walter Hunt was born into a family of artists in 1861. His father was the genre painter Charles Hunt Jnr and his mother was Anne Sarah Kilbee. He was born in Fulham, London and was one of eight children including Edgar Hunt (1876-1955), Reuben Hunt (b.1858) and Claude Hunt (1863-1949). He was also the grandson of Charles Hunt (1803-1877). Walter received his artistic tutelage from his father and he excelled in painting anecdotal farmyard scenes, particularly of calves, chickens, pigeons, horses, ducks and dogs.
Walter Hunt later resided in Wandsworth, London and exhibited some of his paintings at the Royal Academy from 1881 including works named ‘Best of Friends’ and ‘Twins’. His 1886 exhibit called ‘Overmatched’ was singled out by the Times reviewer as one of the ‘cleverest’ pictures in the exhibition. The Tate also houses ‘Dog in the Manger’ which was bought in 1885 by The Chantrey Fund Bequest establishing his reputation as one of the finest animal painters of his generation.
His works can now be found in museums and collections across the UK, including the Russel Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth and the Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds.