HUNT, Cecil Arthur

1873 - 1965

Cecil Arthur Hunt was born at Torquay, Devon on 8 March and baptised at Ellacombe, Devon on 5 April 1873, second child and only son of Arthur Roope Hunt (8 January 1843-19 December 1914), a barrister-at-law, and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Isabel Gumbleton (1844-11 March 1831), only child of the late Richard Henry Gumbleton, who married at Christ Church, Torquay on 4 August 1870. In 1881, Cecil was an 8-year-old, living at Southwood, Warberry Road, Tormoham-with-Torquay with his parents, 38-year-old Arthur and 37-year-old Sarah, with two sibling sisters Kathleen Mary 9 and Muriel 6. Cecil was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge and was called to the bar in 1899 and although he had his first exhibition at the Alpine Club Gallery in 1900, he did not take up painting full-time until 1919 when he retired from the Bar. He married at St Albans Church, Streatham Park, London on 28 May 1903, Phyllis Clara Lucas (28 May 1880-15 October 1964), second daughter of Edgar Lucas. In 1911, Cecil was a 38-year-old barrister, living at 105 Oakley Street, Chelsea with his 30-year-old wife Phyllis and the oldest of their two sons, 3-year-old Esmond Moore Hunt, born at Chelsea. A member of the Royal Society of British Artists 1914, Associate of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 1919 and a full member in 1925 and vice-president 1930-1933. A landscape painter in oil, watercolour and tempera and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club in 1915, exhibiting from Art Club Studios, Bennett Park, Blackheath, London, 'At the Quay' and was sketching in Suffolk in 1921 concentrating on the areas around the Blyth Valley. He also exhibited at Agnew & Sons Gallery; Beaux Arts Gallery; Chenil Galleries; Fine Art Society; Grosvenor Gallery; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Goupil Gallery; International Society of Sculptors Painters; Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; the Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Hibernian Academy and elsewhere. His watercolours are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum including ‘The Cadini Dolomites’ and Leeds Art Gallery. In 1939, an artist landscape painter, living at Foxworthy Mansions, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot, Devon with his wife Phyllis. Cecil Arthur Hunt died at Elizabeth's Way, Poyle Lane, Burnham, Buckinghamshire on 5 August 1965. He signed his works 'C. A. Hunt'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from The Art Club, Bennett Park, Blackheath, London SE
1914 261 Noonday Heat - oil

Works by This Artist