Walter Hunt was born in Fulham, London, 16th November 1861, the son of Charles Hunt (1829-1900) a painter of genre. Walter studied painting with his father and became primarily a painter of animals although also exhibiting genre works. Walter first exhibited at the Royal Academy at the precocious age of nineteen, “Shelter, a Rainy Day” and in 1885 his “Dog in the Manger” was purchased for the nation by the Chantrey bequest for Â£250. Walter Hunt had a range of subject matter specialising in paintings of dogs, hunting, barn interiors, farmyard scenes, donkeys and calves, his brother Edgar (1876-1955) who also studied under his father painted farmyard scenes.
Walter Hunt lived in Wandsworth before moving to Southfields in South London at the turn of the century. An artist, like his brother, highly regarded for their renditions of animals and the farmyard Walter exhibited at the Royal Academy 1880-1910 and continued to paint up until his death on 30th January 1941