John Young-Hunter

A couple of years back I posted a series of winter themed paintings in the run-up to Christmas. ( Go back to the post about Arkhip Kuinji, on the 17th December 2007 ).

Those posts were short and sweet, and featured painters whose work I had recently stumbled upon. The only thing that united them was that they all painted snow scenes at one time or another in their careers.

I have to admire anyone who paints in sub-zero temperatures. I find it hard enough to take photos in the snow, especially if I’m trying to fiddle with the camera controls. My own efforts at painting watercolours in sub zero (substitute petroleum for water) made me feel a bit sick.

So I take my hat off to the artists who will be showing their works here over the next ten days. I hope you enjoy them, and that you are inspired to go and look for more work by these doughty draftsmen. And women.

thumbnail of Kitzbuhl in the snow

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Shortly after John Young-Hunter’s visit, this Austrian village was almost completely destroyed by an avalanche. One of the more unusual hazards of painting in the snow.

thumbnail of Self Portrait
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John Young-Hunter (American, 1875 – 1955)

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John Young-Hunter was a portrait, figure, and landscape painter with a highly aristocratic upbringing in England and a career that reached to the American East and Southwest.

He was raised with privilege and extravagance among the cultural elite of London, and close family friends included John Singer-Sargent and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

John received much recognition for his portrait painting in England, and his paintings were exhibited in the National Tate Gallery in London and the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. From 1900 to 1913, he exhibited at the Royal Academy.

In 1913, he traveled to the United States, pursuing his fascination with American Indians whom he had seen in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show performances in London.

In 1917, he first visited Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. Cutting his connections to the European art world, he settled in Taos in 1942 and became a part of the colony of artists around Mabel Dodge Luhan.

He had a home and studio on the eastern edge of town and replaced his painting of society portraits with Indian subjects, landscape, and still life. (Courtesy: AskART).


6 thoughts on “John Young-Hunter”

  1. I have a large signed print of John Young Hunter’s “The Old Santa Fe Trail” in a gold type of frame. It is printed on board. Do you know how old the print is? The signature says 1919. Do you know about how much it is worth? How many prints were made? It is in great condition. Thanks you for your help!

  2. There’s probably a gallery somewhere that specialises in works by this painter. I’d use Google to find them. I am not an expert on his prints, at all.

  3. My husband is the great grandson of John and Mary Young-Hunter. He and his family would be interested, perhaps, in purchasing this piece of artwork. Please contact me if you’re interested in selling it.

    Julie Goodman

  4. I also have the large print on board sante fe trail hanging in my log home. It is framed in a wide gold over white frame (no glass). I was told it came out of the Topeka, KS court house. I really enjoy this painting, but some day may wish to sell it to the family. I just thought they may want to know of its location for future reference. Julie Goodman may have my address.

  5. We have a similiar large print in a wooden frame purchased by my grandfather from a Los Angeles gallery prior to 1950. It is in good condition and we would be interested in selling it.

  6. I also have the same piece- Old Santa Fe Trail. It is signed 1919. It was purchased by my Grandfather in the 20’s? It has been in our family since. My Brother , who has it now , would like to sell it.

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