William Morris Hunt
(March 31, 1824 – September 8, 1879), American painter
, was born at Brattleboro, Vermont
to Jane Maria (Leavitt) Hunt and Hon. Jonathan Hunt
, who raised one of the preeminent families in American art. William Morris Hunt was the leading painter of mid-19th century Boston
Life and career
Hunt's father's family, the Hunt family of Vermont
, were among Vermont's founders and largest landowners; his mother's a family
of wealth and prominence in Connecticut. Hunt attended Harvard
but withdrew in his junior year.
Following the untimely death of his Congressman father from cholera, Hunt's mother Jane took him and his brothers to Switzerland, the South of France and to Rome, where Hunt studied with Couture
in Paris and then came under the influence of Jean-François Millet
, from whom he learned the principles of the Barbizon school. The Hunt family remained in Europe for a dozen years. During part of that time Richard Morris Hunt and his brother William shared an apartment at 1 rue Jacob, close by the École des Beaux-Arts
, where William Morris Hunt studied painting under Thomas......