Chicken and Chicks by Edgar Hunt

  • A group of hens and chicks is portrayed in this charming painting by Edgar Hunt
  • Hunt was famed for his incredibly detailed paintings of farm animals
  • His canvases were typically small, making this larger work rare and desirable in his oeuvre
  • Hunt's original paintings are highly sought after by collectors of animal art
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Item No. 30-5234

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Edgar Hunt
1876-1955 | British

Chicken and Chicks

Signed and dated "E Hunt 1907" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

Edgar Hunt’s realistic paintings of tranquil rural life, distinguished by their meticulous attention to detail, placed the artist among the most accomplished painters of his day. Though he excelled in portraying many types of animals, he is best known for his depictions of chickens, as in the present work. Here, a group of chickens and their chicks peck around the barnyard, rendered by Hunt with both precision and personality. Celebrated for his straightforward, bucolic scenes with a high degree of finish, his style is immediately recognizable and thoroughly charming.

Born in 1876 in Birmingham, Hunt displayed a devotion to animals from an early age and originally planned to become a farmer before turning to painting. He came from a family of artists, including his father, Charles Hunt, a well-known genre painter, and brother Walter Hunt. Although he had no formal training (his only art instruction came from his father), he was able to translate his real-life experiences on his family farm into scenes of domestic livestock. A reserved, private man, Hunt seldom exhibited his work despite high demand from his patrons, but he did show at the Royal Society of Artists in London and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Dated 1907

Canvas: 20 1/8” high x 30 1/8” wide
Frame: 26 1/8" high x 36 1/2" wide 

Private collection, Florida
Private collection, Alabama
M.S. Rau, New Orleans
Chicken and Chicks by Edgar Hunt
Maker: Hunt, Edgar
Period: 20th Century
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.63 Inches
Width: 36.5 Inches
Height: 26.13 Inches
Canvas Width: 30 1/8 Inches
Canvas Height: 20 1/8 Inches

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