Oil on canvas, 12. x 13.75 inches
Hunt is considered one of America’s greatest periodical wildlife artists during the “Golden Age “of magazine illustration (circa 1900 – circa 1950). Hunt was born in Honeoye Falls, New York, but at the age of twelve moved to Albion, Michigan. Although from a well-to-do family, Hunt grew up in poverty, which left an indelible impression throughout his life. Always conscious of money, he often remarked “Art for art’s sake, but money for God’s sake.” He first studied art at art at Albion College where he learned wildlife painting. He left college to draw first for the Gale Manufacturing Company, an Albion farm implement manufactory and later for the Fulton Iron Works in Detroit. He followed his industrial art career with work as a sketch artist for the Detroit Free Press. Hunt moved to New York City where he joined the staff of Field and Stream magazine. After only a short time there, one of the young artist’s illustrations was featured the cover of the August 1904 issue. His first magazine illustration, however, accompanied an article he wrote for Sports Afield in 1897, while still in Michigan. Hunt created 106 Field and Stream cover illustrations during his nearly 50-year tenure there. He also contributed artwork to other leading publications as varied as Outers’ Recreation, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Better Homes and Gardens, Natural History, Boys Life, Woman’s Home Companion, Country Gentleman, American, Rotarian, Elks Magazine among others. He also illustrated more than 50 books. During his long career he accepted painting commissions from both private individuals and large corporations. Hunt counted many of the leading sportsmen of his day, including Ernest Hemingway, among his friends. He was a member of the Allied Artists of America, Society of Illustrators, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He exhibited at Society of Illustrators and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.