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Hunt family

Laura L. Meixner and Paul R. Baker

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T039525

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American family of artists.

Laura L. Meixner

(b Brattleboro, VT, March 31, 1824; d Appledore, Isles of Shoals, NH, Sept 8, 1879).

Painter, sculptor, and teacher. While a student at Harvard College, he exhibited precocious talents in the arts and studied with John Crookshanks King (1806–82), a sculptor working in Boston. In 1843 Hunt went to Europe with his mother and siblings, his father having died of cholera in 1832. They visited Paris and Rome, where he studied briefly under the American Neo-classical sculptor Henry Kirke Brown. In 1845 he toured the Near East with his family and Thomas Gold Appleton, a patron and essayist from Boston, visiting Corfu and Athens en route. Later that year, he took the advice of Emanuel Leutze and enrolled in the Düsseldorf Academy, but he remained there only nine months. In 1846 Hunt went to Paris with the intention of joining the workshop of the sculptor James Pradier, but he was inspired to become a painter after seeing Thomas Couture’s ...

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