portrait of 'micky' 1920 by john younghunter rba

Portrait of 'Micky', 1920, by John Young-Hunter RBA.


Price

SOLD

Item Ref

8729

Description

Oil on unlined canvas in a good quality gilded frame.
Inscribed 'Micky' and signed and dated 1920 lower left.
A charming portrait of the young girl 'Micky' painted in 1920, utterly evocative of its period and capturing the relaxed innocence of the child. The artist has used his paint in a very bravura fashion, the broad strokes of the clothing and background providing a contrast to the sensitively rendered face.
Young-Hunter expresses a painterly delight in the use of the medium.
JOHN YOUNG-HUNTER (1874-1955) is known for his society portraits of wealthy British and Americans, and for his Native American portraits and genre scenes of the Southwest. Young-Hunterís work has a bravura quality and his colours are tastefully planned.
John Young-Hunter was born in Glasgow, Scotland to marine painter, Colin Hunter, and pianist, Isabella Young.
He attended Clifton College and the University of London. At the School of the Royal Academy of Arts in London he won Silver Medals and studied under John Singer Sargent, a close family friend. Lawrence Alma-Tadema was another friend of his parents, and much of Young-Hunter's early work is strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites.
His wife, Mary, whom he met through his studies, also worked in the style. Young Hunter exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1900 to 1913 where his paintings received highly favorable reviews. His work also was shown at the Tate Gallery and the Luxembourg Museum in Paris. He was elected RBA in 1914. He lived at Gifford's Hall, Suffolk.
Young-Hunter had been fascinated with American Indians since attending Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a youth in London.
He settled in Taos, New Mexico and became a part of the colony of artists around Mabel Dodge Luhan. He died at Taos on 9 August 1955.
SIZE: 57.5 x 39 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Kent.
Verso: old inventory number 14854.
Internal Ref: 8729



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