Hunter was born on 30 May 1846 in Aberdeen, Scotland (GRO), and moved to London, where he exhibited both at Smith Street and the RA. 1897 found him in Cornwall, where he lived at Belle Vue, Newlyn, and from 1902 moved to The Malt House where he stayed until his death. Hunter assisted in teaching at the FORBES School of painting in the early days of the School.
Constance BIRCH wrote in her biography of Stanhope FORBES and Elizabeth FORBES: 'Among the older painters of the colony...Mr and Mrs Forbes feel that they owe a debt of gratitude to Mr G S Hunter, an artist of sincere and thoughtful individuality who is always ready to help and supplement the teacher's efforts. His own studio...is a perfect treasure-house of beautiful and interesting work.'
At the 1895 Opening of NAG, Hunter exhibited three paintings - two from the 'memorable East' (Cornishman review cutting): A Jericho Patriarch and A Modern Canaanite Jerusalem (which both sold), and the third being a Spanish subject. In 1901 at NAG he showed West Coast of Scotland and in 1907 he sold Spanish Girl. The artist died on 18 June, 1919, age 73, in Newlyn.
Painter of genre, figures and landscapes in oil and watercolour
works and access
Works include: A Jericho Patriarch (1895); A Modern Canaanite Jerusalem (1895); A Prayer (Pont Aven, 1905); A Place of Waiting
Access to works: Plymouth; Penlee House, Penzance; RCM, Truro (Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, June 1897)
GI; LI; RA; RBA; ROI; RSA
NAG Opening (3) 1895, 1901, 1907
Birch (1906) Stanhope A Forbes, ARA, and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes
Green (2002) Posing the Model
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
NAG Sales records (repr Hardie 2009)
NAG Loan (1958) Exhibition catalogue
Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership pp114, 193
Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue (repr Hardie 2009)
Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (illus incl: The Barber of Seville)