HUNT, Edmund Aubrey

1855 - 1922

Edmund Aubrey Hunt

Edmund Aubrey Hunt was born at Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA on 7 February 1855, first of two sons of Edmund Soper Hunt (19 July 1827-21 August 1909), firework manufacturer, and his wife Annie Maria née Poole (1932-1913), who married at Braintree, Norfolk, Mass. on 13 September 1853. Young Edmund was educated at Weymouth, Boston, Mass. and entered the architectural firm of Emerson & Fehmer but deciding to take art as a career, was admitted to L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) and was in Paris for five years. He married in 1876, Agnes FitzGibbon and returned to London in 1878 where he became an established artist but returned frequently to his hometown of Weymouth, Boston where he painted, selling these paintings in England. An American artist who travelled extensively and lived at Lowestoft, Suffolk about 1910 with fellow artist Hubert Coop. He exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery and the Royal Academy, from London from 1906, from Conway, Wales in 1907 and from Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1910. As a means of supplementing his income as an artist, throughout his career Hunt painted portraits, one of the better known is of Andrew Carnegie's partner, Henry Phipps. During the 1880s Aubrey Hunt was the father of four children, Edmund, Annie, Agnes and Gerald, however his marriage ended in divorce in 1890. During one his trips to Tangier, Morocco he met his second wife, Maude Chadwick and they were married at Kensington, London in 1892 when they moved to Tangier remaining for some ten years. Two of his important paintings during this period are ‘Off the Barbara Coast’ and ‘Fantasia, Tangiers, Morocco’. Following the birth of his daughter Mavis, Hunt returned to England living at a manor house at Hemmingford Grey, Huntingdonshire 1901-1904 and where they had another son, Wyndham Thayer (14 November 1902-1993) and where some of his most successful landscapes and scenes along the river Ouse were completed but in 1905 the family moved to Rye, Sussex. At the time of the First World War, Hunt and the family moved to Hastings. Edmund Aubrey Hunt died at Hastings, Sussex on 22 November 1922.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from c/o H Coop, 280 London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk
1911 424 Off the Morocco Coast

Works by This Artist