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George Leslie Hunter


The Flower Market, New Orleans, c.1900-04

watercolour, white chalk and conté on paper
H:29cm W:23cm
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Harbour Scene, Largo, c.1919

watercolour and pencil
H:44cm W:54.5cm
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Storm, Lower Largo, Fife, 1925

oil on canvas
H:50cm W:60.5cm
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Drying the Nets, c.1920

watercolour and pencil
H:40.8cm W:52.5cm
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George Leslie Hunter

Born: 1877
Place of Birth: Rothesay
Died: 1931

Born in Rothesay in 1877, George Leslie Hunter emigrated to California in 1892 where his father bought a farm. He spent all his time drawing and when his family came back in 1900 he stayed to become part of the Bohemian lifestyle of San Francisco. He earned money by acquiring illustration work for newspapers and magazines. He went to New York with friends and then on to Paris in 1904, working in each city for a few months. Back in San Francisco he lost everything in the 1906 earthquake and shortly thereafter returned permanently to Scotland. He had his first solo exhibition with Alexander Reid in Glasgow in 1915, an association which continued until his death in 1931.

From 1923 he exhibited with Peploe and Cadell as the Three Scottish Colourists, and spent much of the twenties in France, often subsidised by Reid and a coterie of dedicated collectors, including T.J. Honeyman who wrote his biography after his untimely death at the age of fifty-four. He also showed regularly with The Scottish Gallery and we have continued to deal actively in his work in recent years.

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