LYNN BOGUE HUNT
One of Lynn Bogue Hunt's most
prized possessions was a small painting of fluffy chicks that
he kept on the wall of his New York studio. It had been done
by his mother before he was born and to her he gave credit
for his love of painting and of the outdoors. He was born
in 1878 in Honeoye Falls, which is about 15 miles south of
Rochester, New York. While still a child he drew wildlife
with pencil and colored crayons, and as he got older he caught
birds to skin and clean as best he could to pin to his bedroom
walls; all with the encouragement of his mother.
When he was about 12, he went
to Albion, Michigan where his grandmother was living. He continued
to show a strong interest in the study and drawing of wildlife;
he also learned taxidermy and made his first money stuffing
owls, hawks, ducks, and pet parrots. He was an ardent hunter
and fisherman, and these were hobbies he was to maintain all
After high school in Albion,
Mr. Hunt attended Albion College. The art instructor at that
time was Professor F. C. Courter, "a wonderful teacher
and gifted painter," as Mr. Hunt was often to say in
later years, who provided much inspiration and encouragement.
Another student at Albion in those days was Miss Jessie Bryan
of Wyandotte, Michigan, whom Mr. Hunt later married. They
had two sons: Lynn Bogue Hunt, Jr., and Bryan.
After three years in college
Mr. Hunt got a job as staff artist at the Detroit Free Press.
Simultaneously he began submitting wildlife artwork to various
national magazines in New York, and some Success in this endeavor
led him to move to New York to try his luck in the city. His
work continued to sell and as it was published more widely
it attracted the attention of arms and ammunition manufacturers
who soon were buying his paintings for use in advertising.
Mr. Hunt sold his first illustration
to Field and Stream in 1925. For many years after that there
were few issues of it that didn't carry something of his.
Mr. Ray Holland, now 84 years old but still active, was Editor
of Field and Stream at that time. He says Mr. Hunt would always
submit a watercolor as a "rough," and after it was
approved, do the finish in oil. Mr. Holland liked the watercolors,
and to this day he keeps on his study wall a Hunt watercolor
of birds in flight and a black-and-white drawing of one of
Mr. Holland's favorite pointers that Mr. Hunt did while sitting
on a stool in the Holland kennel yard. The two men were the
best of friends, and hunting companions.
Mr. Hunt's career followed the
same pattern as that of nearly every other free-lance artist:
some twenty years of work while skills develop and recognition
comes slowly but surely, with the time of finest accomplishment
beginning when he is in his forties.
Somehow Mr. Hunt found time
to keep up his hobbies. He hunted and fished along the Atlantic
Coast from Nova Scotia to Cuba, and often went out with fishermen,
taking along his palette and brushes to capture the vivid
colors of fish before they faded. In the 1930's he occasionally
served as judge in the International Tuna Angling Matches
that were held off Nova Scotia, and also designed two of the
trophies that were awarded in those contests.
His own travels provided rich
material for his art, and he had many friends who were active
in the world of big-game hunting, fishing, and exploring.
They would frequently bring him photographs and trophies of
their expeditions, adding to his store of research matter.
Mr. Hunt freely acknowledged his debt to The American Museum
of Natural History which allowed him the use of its resources.
In 1936 Mr. Hunt produced a
book of bird paintings and drawings entitled An Artist's Game
Bag. He illustrated two books written by Ray Holland; A Book
on Duck Shooting by Van Campen Heilner-I American Big Game
Fishing published by Derrydale Press; Atlantic Game Fishing
by S. Kip Farrington, Jr.; American Neighbors of the Countryside
by Joseph Wharton Lippincott; An American Hunter by Archibald
Rutledge-, and Fishing in the Pacific: Offshore and On.
Besides Field and Stream, magazines
that used his work, often on covers, were the Saturday Evening
Post, Delineator, Natural History, Collier's, Better Homes
and Gardens, Woman's Home Companion, Boy's Life, American,
The Garden Magazine, Country Gentleman, Outers' Magazine,
and Elks Magazine. He was called "the Audubon of his
Nineteen National Wildlife Federation
stamps were done by Mr. Hunt, and his paintings were sold
through famous galleries. He was a member of the Dutch Treat
Club and of the Society of Illustrators.
He died on October 13, 1960 in
Williston Park, Long Island, New York.