Edgar Hunt’s charming depictions of farm life came to define his successful career. His gifts for this subject were evident at an early age, owing to his artistic lineage; his grandfather, father and brother were all reputable painters of genre and animal subjects. Born in Birmingham, England, in 1876, Hunt initially hoped to become a farmer and spent time working the land near England’s southern coast before turning his attention to painting. His only training came courtesy of his father, Charles Hunt, Jr., and his name soon became synonymous with bucolic barnyard and stable scenes, ideally rendered yet with a keen eye for detail. Hunt was especially drawn to poultry, pigeons and other winged denizens of these country homesteads, and found a ready market among Victorian collectors seeking respite from the commotion of city life.
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MacConnal-Mason Gallery, London, United Kingdom
To collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. Arnold Haynes, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Eventually to the Haynes Family Foundation, Wellesley, Massachusetts
(on frame) MacConnal-Mason & Son Ltd., London
Building Connections: Works from the Haynes Family Foundation, Vose Galleries, Boston, June 2 – July 24, 2018