Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960)
Mallards at Sunrise
signed "Lynn Bogue Hunt" lower left
oil on canvas, 24 by 19 in.
Lynn Bogue Hunt was born in rural Honeoye Falls, New York, into a family that ran a small sawmill operation. He grew up with modest means, but spent hours outside exploring the natural surroundings in the woods near his home. He often collected birds and practiced taxidermy, a hobby that led to his accurate portrayal of his wildlife subjects. Hunt contributed illustrations to his own articles as well as cover illustrations to magazines, such as Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Free Press. During his lifetime Hunt painted for private collectors and companies, such as DuPont, illustrated over forty books, and produced roughly two hundred and fifty magazine covers. Though he spent much of his life far from nature in New York City, Hunt had a strong foundation as a knowledgeable outdoorsman, bird hunter, and fisherman, enabling him to accurately capture the essence of the outdoors. With its boldly painted subject, this painting is one of Hunt’s finest mallard paintings to have surfaced.
Provenance: Davison B. Hawthorne Collection
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