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Cottages in an Extensive Landscape

Hunt’s career forms a bridge between English watercolor painting of the later eighteenth century, and Victorian masters such as John Frederick Lewis, Myles Birkett Foster and the Pre-Raphaelites. At sixteen, he began a seven-year apprenticeship with John Varley, became a sketching companion of fellow student John Linnell, and took classes at the Royal Academy Schools. Most significantly, Hunt joined the circle of young artists who gathered on winter evenings at the London house of Dr. Thomas Monro to copy drawings by Canaletto and John Robert Cozens—and made summer visits to his patron's house near Bushey in Hertfordshire. The hilly landscape in this beautifully fresh early watercolor may lie n...
Late 1820s
Reed pen, ink and watercolor over traces of graphite
32.8 x 48.3cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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