HUNTER, John Young

1874 - 1955

John Young Hunter

John Young Hunter, was born at Glasgow, Scotland on 29 October 1874, son of Colin Hunter, RA (1841-1904), a marine painter and a close friend of John Singer Sargent; and his wife Isabella Rattray née Young, a distinguished pianist, who married at Govan, Lanark, Scotland on 29 October 1874. John studied at Clifton College, Bristol and at the Royal Academy schools under Sargent, winning two silver medals, as well as studying at the University of London. A figure and portrait painter and an Associate of the Royal Society of British Painters 1914, exhibiting at Royal Society of Artists; Fine Art Society; Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Leicester Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery; New Gallery; Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and at the Royal Academy from 1895, titles include ‘All in a Garden Fair’, ‘My Ladies Garden’, ‘Rings and Things and Fine Array’ and ‘Forest Lovers’. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and Royal Institute of Oil Painters, from London 1894 and 1908, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire in 1902 and from Wickhambrook, Suffolk in 1904 where he had settled at Gifford’s Hall and where their daughter Gabrielle Young Hunter was born in 1905. In 1911, a 35 year old artist living at 9 Launceston Place, Kensington with his 38 year old wife Mary with their 5 year old daughter Gabrielle, with a nurse and two indoor servants. On 20 May 1913 he sailed for Montreal, Canada and in 1915 Hunter sailed on the Lusitania for New York, USA, pursuing his fascination with American Indians whom he had seen in Buffalo Bill's ‘Wild West Show’ in London. He again returned to England for a short period, serving in the RAMC in 1918, but in 1920 returned to America at Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. Cutting his connections to the European art world, he settled in Taos, New Mexico and became a part of the colony of artists around Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962). He had a home and studio on the eastern edge of Taos and replaced his painting of society portraits with that of Indian subjects, landscapes, and still life. He married at Kensington, London in 1899, Mary Towgood [Young Hunter q.v.], they divorced about 1921 when John remarried. He died at Taos, New Mexico on 9 August 1955, leaving effects to his widow Eva Renz Young-Hunter. His work was hung at the Tate Gallery in England and in Paris at the Musee de Luxembourg. (John Young-Hunter. Reviewing the Years)

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