Alfred William Hunt, an English painter, was the son of a landscape painter Andrew Hunt (1796-1861). His daughter was Violet Hunt.
In 1853 Hunt was elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in Oxford, resigning at his marriage in 1861. In 1862 he became an associate of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, a full member in 1863 and its vice-president in 1888. His early works show the influence of David Cox and J. M. W. Turner, whilst his friendship with the Pre-Raphaelites resulted in a greater concern for finish and detail. Ruskin was amongst his admirers.
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