Angler, hunter, and above all artist, Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960) was the most popular and prolific outdoor illustrator in mid-20th century America.
Born in Honeoye Falls, New York, (near Rochester) in 1878, Lynn Bogue Hunt mostly grew up in Albion, Michigan. With the support and encouragement of his mother, he kept a menagerie of wild pets; spent as much time as he could hunting, observing nature, and simply tramping around outdoors; learned taxidermy when he was in his teens; and sketched constantly from the time he was a little boy.
While still in high school he took painting lessons from a professor at Albion College, and in 1897, while a student at Albion himself, he made his debut on the national stage with “A King of Game Birds,” a ruffed grouse story for Sports Afield that he both wrote and illustrated.
A signal event in Hunt’s career came in 1917, the year he turned 39. That’s when DuPont published Our American Game Birds, a magnificent portfolio of 18 full-color Hunt reproductions of upland gamebirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. It became wildly popular with sportsmen, putting Hunt on the map and firmly establishing him as the gamebird artist of his time.
This wonderful complete portfolio of 18 Our American Game Birds comes in the original shipping flat cardboard with original cover letter, noting a price of $2.00. Each of the prints is marked "Copyright 1917 - E. I. DuPont De Nemours Co. Inc."; the artist's name "Lynn Bogue Hunt"; and "DuPont" emblem, Descriptive text by Edward Howe Forbush which features on the back of each print a story about the bird and a chart of shotgun loads for different kinds of game.
Each print measures 13" by 14 1/2", with the image measuring 10" by 11". The prints are in near mint condition as they have been housed in their original shipping flat since they were purchased; one print as a slight fold along one side in the white border. The original cover letter has numerous insect holes. The original shipping flat is from a sporting goods store in Rockford, Illinois, " Kitteringham & Snyder, 326 W State Street". You can find individual prints, but a complete portfolio in this condition, hardly ever.
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