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    EDMUND AUBREY HUNT (American, 1855-1922)
    Notre Dame de Paris, 1877
    Oil on canvas
    12-3/4 x 18 inches (32.4 x 45.7 cm)
    Signed and inscribed verso: E. Aubrey Hunt / 1877 / Notre Dame de Paris
    Signed lower left: E. Aubrey Hunt

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    This view of Notre Dame de Paris from the Left Bank, complete with substantial amounts of dock activity and river traffic, looks forward to the eventual metier of its author, American marine and orientalist painter Edmund Aubrey Hunt. Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to an old and monied family (his father made a fortune as a shoe and a fireworks merchant who invented a device for rescuing people from shipwrecks), Edmund Hunt trained in Paris under Gerome at the École des Beaux-Arts, during which time he would have produced the present view of Paris on a typical gray day. He was a passionate free spirit who had a lifelong wanderlust and an ingratiating way with people, which enabled him to meet and find close friends among a host of fascinating people throughout his life. In London, he became a distinguished member of the British art scene and close companion of Whistler who admired his work immensely, and later moved to Tangier, Morocco where he and his second wife and children lived for a decade. There he painted all manner of subjects and landscapes, and in addition to his circle of friends in the English expatriate community, he also made friends with many Moroccans including the well known bandit, El Raisuli, a rebel who was widely known as the "Sultan of the Mountains" because his hideout was in the Rif mountain range just north of the city of Tangier.


    Condition Report*: Original unlined canvas on original stretcher. Surface grime and modest craquelure commensurate with age. Under Uv there were tiny spots of inpaint scattered throughout the composition to address tiny losses. They are very carefully and professionally done.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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