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William Morris Hunt photographs and catalogs, ca. 1878-1880

Hunt, William Morris, 1824-1879

Muralist, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 Linear feet (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: REEL 4965: A Hunt Memorial exhibition catalog from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1879, and a priced catalog of his paintings and charcoal drawings, 1880. Three photographs are of Hunt, including one in his studio, four relate to his mural paintings in the Albany State House Assembly Chamber, Albany, N.Y., two of which are inscribed by Hunt to Sarah Swain Forbes (Mrs. John Murray), ca. 1878, and one is of a charcoal sketch, "Albany" (1878) by Hunt's sister, Jane, depicting Hunt at work on his murals for the State House.
UNMICROFILMED: A charcoal sketch by an unidentified artist; and six printed reproductions and thirty-five mounted photographs of Hunt's art work including allegorical subjects, landscapes, and portraits.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Morris Hunt (1824-1879) was a painter, portrait painter, and instructor from Boston, Mass.


Donated 1993 by William Hathaway Forbes. The papers were found in the attic of a house in Milton, Mass. once owned by the donor's great-grandfather, John Murray Forbes, a patron and cousin-in-law of of Hunt's.

Location of Originals

  • Charcoal sketch of "Albany": Original in the Octagon House, Washington, D.C.
  • Copyprints: Originals in the possession of Andrea Forbes Schoenfeld, Washington, D.C.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Several photographs are: Copyprints.

Charcoal sketch of "Albany" by Jane Hunt is a: copyprint.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

William Morris Hunt photographs and catalogs, ca. 1878-1880. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.