Artist biography

Leslie HUNTER 1877–1931

Painter of landscape, still life and occasional portraits, associated with J. D. Fergusson and S. J. Peploe in introducing Post-Impressionism into Scottish art. Born 7 August 1877 at Rothesay, Island of Bute. At the age of thirteen emigrated with his family to California. Studied and then worked in San Francisco 1899– 1906 as painter and illustrator. Visited New York and Paris 1904. Returned to Glasgow 1906, working for publishers in London and on the Continent. First one-man show at the Reid Gallery, Glasgow, 1916. After the war continued to live in Scotland but travelled frequently in France and Italy and visited America 1924 and 1929. Exhibited with other Scottish artists at the Leicester Galleries 1923 and 1925, and at the Lefevre Gallery. Suffered a breakdown while at Saint-Paul, South of France, 1929. Returned to Glasgow after a partial recovery, but died there 6 December 1931.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I