A delightful scene of a small girl feeding her animals in a barnyard. The thatched roof of the barn has birds watching for any extra seeds dropped. A dog sits at the open door watching the daily activities while someone milks the cow. Ducks sit at the edge of a small pond drinking. Sheep are out back grazing in the field. The young woman is feeding the baby calves cabbage from her dress. The painting measures 12 inches tall and 16 inches wide. I do see very light paint loss and old restorations. The original frame measures 17-1/2 inches tall and 21-1/2 inches wide. Frame was recently restored. I purchased this from an English Cottage in Kent, England where they were selling things to pay taxes. The owner did not want to sell his things but was being forced to pay for back taxes due. The verbal history was this is part of a 4 piece series painted by the artist. Each one a different season. Two were sold off after the war to raise monies to rebuild. This one was keep because it was damaged. (I do not know what happen to the last one.) During WWI the painting was damaged in a German bombing raid. The painting and frame were restored after the war. When I purchased this I had the frame sent out to be restored again to a period 'used looking' condition as it had lost 3 of its corners and some of its edging. The painting was kept like it was purchased. The old painting restoration is along the left edge of the painting tapers to about 1 inch wide and 7 inches long. I do see a few tiny spots where paint had popped off the surface, the biggest being 1/8 inch square. The rest of the paint seems to be well attached to the canvas. I also see some surface dirt and light craquelure but it looks nice as it is. Painting is signed lower right, 'W Hunt 96.' On the verso the title is painted on the back of the canvas, 'Feeding Time.' If you need more pictures please ask and I will email them to you.
Walter Hunt was born in 1861 into a highly artistic family. His father Charles Hunt was a painter of genre scenes, and his brother Edgar Hunt is well known for his portraits of chickens, goats and rabbits.
Hunt is best known for his paintings of farmyard scenes, particularly of calves, horses and dogs. His paintings achieve superb color and are meticulously detailed.
He lived in Wandsworth, London, and exhibited works at the Royal Academy from 1881, titles of paintings shown there include Best of Friends and Twins. In 1885, Dog in the Manger was bought by The Chantrey Bequest and can now be seen at the Tate Gallery. His painting, Babes in the Wood is in the Sunderland Museum and The Dog's Home is in the Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth. (Askart)
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