Alfred William Hunt

Alfred William Hunt RWS (15 November 1830 – 3 May 1896), was a British painter. He was son of the landscapist Andrew Hunt.

Alfred William Hunt
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Alfred William Hunt
Born(1830-11-15)15 November 1830
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died3 May 1896(1896-05-03) (aged 65)
Kensington, London, England
Resting placeBrookwood Cemetery
NationalityUnited Kingdom
OccupationLandscape Painter
Parent(s)Andrew Hunt and Sarah Ann Sanderson


Hunt was born in Liverpool in 1830. He began to paint while at the Liverpool Collegiate School. However at his father's suggestion he went in 1848 to Corpus Christi College, Oxford to study classics. His career there was distinguished; he won the Newdigate Prize in 1851 for his poem Nineveh, and became a Fellow of Corpus in 1853.[1]

Hunt's grave in Brookwood Cemetery

He did not, however, abandon his artistic practice for, encouraged by Ruskin, he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854, and afterwards contributed landscapes in oil and water-colour to London and other provincial exhibitions. In 1861 he married, gave up his Fellowship, and in 1862 was elected as an Associate of the Old Water-Colour Society, receiving full membership in 1864. His work is distinguished mainly by its exquisite quality and a poetic rendering of atmosphere.[2] He was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and the extraordinary detail apparent in his landscapes and the careful rendering of grass, leaves and trees is a consequence of this.

His wife Margaret Raine Hunt wrote several works of fiction; and one of her daughters, Violet Hunt, was known as a novelist.[2] His niece, Jessie MacGregor has paintings in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

He is buried with his wife and daughter at Brookwood Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Hunt, Alfred William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14188. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hunt, Alfred William". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 934. This article cites:
  • Allen Staley, The Pre-Raphaelite Landscape, 1973.