Dawson Gallery


Hunt was a painter and watercolorist of fruit and flowers, rustic genre, and landscapes.  He was sometimes referred to as “Birds’ Nest Hunt” or “Hedgerow Hunt”.  Although primarily a watercolorist, Hunt’s works influenced many Victorian painters, as well as watercolorists.  Because of a deformity in his legs which made it difficult for him to walk, Hunt’s parents decided on an artistic career for him, and placed him with John Varley.  In 1807, he began to exhibit oils at the Royal Academy; in 1808 he entered the Royal Academy Schools.  His early work is mostly landscapes, rustic genre or architectural studies, much influenced by Varley.  About 1827, he began to paint fruit and flowers and candlelight scenes.  His technique also changed.  Using body-colour, Hunt developed an individual method of hatching and stippling over a white ground.  These pretty, enamel-like watercolors became enormously popular, were admired by Ruskin and copied by many imitators.  Hunt’s studio sale was held at Christie’s on May 16, 1864.

William Henry Hunt

English 1790-1864

Still Life - Apple and Grapes