English ( b.1883 - d.1959 )
|Image size||14.6 inches x 19.3 inches ( 37cm x 49cm )|
|Frame size||24.6 inches x 28.7 inches ( 62.5cm x 73cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original pastel work by Cecil Hunt dates from 1924 or before.
The drawing is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs) to suit the subject colouration, mounted using conservation materials and behind glass.
Cecil Hunt – not to be confused with his contemporary Cecil Arthur Hunt, or his father Arthur Ackland Hunt, was a British artist whose work covered the end of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth century.
He was born in Blackheath in 1883 and raised there, together with his sister. His parents were the artist Arthur Ackland Hunt and Emma Sarah Blagg. He enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle, his parents having obvious wealth. He married in 1916 and had two daughters. In 1918 they moved to Salisbury where he lived until the end of his life. He accompanied his father on numerous painting trips, in particular to Sark, and painted landscapes like his father. He is however perhaps best known for his charming paintings of animals.
This original pastel shows a tabby kitten playing on a writing desk. She is sitting between the ink bottles and quill pens, with a paw lifted in play, about to pounce on a ball of string. To the left of the picture is a white wax candle in a decorative brass holder, to the right is an open manuscript with pen across it. Behind the desk we see the dark decorated paneling of the study. Whatever she is doing, we rather think she shouldn’t be!