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John Young Hunter (British painter) 1874 - 1955

John Young Hunter was a portrait, genre and landscape painter. He began as a neo-Pre-Raphaelite, later turned mainly to portraiture. Born 29 October 1874 in Glasgow, son of Colin Hunter, R.A. Studied at the R.A. Schools and under Sargent, Alma-Tadema and Orchardson. He married Mary Towgood, painter and fellow-student, in 1899 and spent eight months with her in Italy, returning through Germany and Belgium. He exhibited at the R.A. from 1895; with his wife at the Fine Art Society in 1903 and at the Paris Salon (Medal 1914). Lived at Gifford's Hall, Suffolk. Settled in the U.S.A. in 1913 and painted scenes of Indian life as well as portraits. He died at Taos, New Mexico, 9 August 1955. Mary Young Hunter (nee Towgood) was born in New Zealand, and studied at art school in Britain where she met her future husband, John Young Hunter, a fellow artist and son of the Scottish painter Colin Hunter. Her dates of birth/death are given variously as 1872-1947 or 1878-1936. Mary and John produced paintings in the Pre-Raphaelite style which were exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Mr & Mrs J. Young Hunter, two clever young painters with original ideas and sound methods, gathered together lately in the galleries of the Fine Art society a number of their small subject-pictures in oil and water-colour. The show deserves to be remembered as an assertion of quaint convictions pleasantly expressed." (The magazine of Art, 1903) Mary and John divorced in the early 1920s and John remarried and ended his days in north America where he changed his style and subject matter, becoming known for his pictures of the American west. His second wife published a memoir in 1963, Reviewing the Years. * * * Mary Ethel Young Hunter (née Togwood) (British painter) 1878 - 1936 Mary Young Hunter was born in New Zealand, and studied at art school in Britain where she met her future husband, John Young Hunter, a fellow artist and son of the Scottish painter Colin Hunter. Her dates of birth/death are given variously as 1872-1947 or 1878-1936. Mary and John produced paintings in the Pre-Raphaelite style which were exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Mr & Mrs J. Young Hunter, two clever young painters with original ideas and sound methods, gathered together lately in the galleries of the Fine Art society a number of their small subject-pictures in oil and water-colour. The show deserves to be remembered as an assertion of quaint convictions pleasantly expressed." (The magazine of Art, 1903) Mary and John divorced in the early 1920s and John remarried and ended his days in north America where he changed his style and subject matter, becoming known for his pictures of the American west. His second wife published a memoir in 1963, Reviewing the Years. All images in this album will be ordered chronologically.

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