About Clyde du Vernet Hunt
A member of one of Vermont’s most distinguished families, Clyde du Vernet Hunt was born in Glasgow, Scotland while his parents, Leavitt Hunt and Katherine L. [Jarvis] Hunt, were traveling in Europe. His maternal grandfather, William Jarvis, served as the American Consul to Portugal from 1802-1810 and introduced Merino sheep and Holstein cattle into the United States. His great-grandfather, Jonathan Hunt, served as lieutenant-governor of Vermont early in its statehood. His grandfather, General Jonathan Hunt, served three terms in the State Legislature before moving to Washington, D.C. as a congressman from 1827 until his death in 1832. Leavitt Hunt served as a colonel in the adjutant-general’s department during the Civil War and later worked in the War Department in Washington, D.C.
Clyde Hunt received some of his early art instruction from his famous uncles, painter William Morris Hunt and architect Richard Morris Hunt. After completing his education in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hunt went to Paris to study painting with Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant and sculpture with Jules Coutan. He returned to America to serve in the Spanish American War, achieving the rank of Major before returning to civilian life. Throughout his artistic career he maintained a studio in Paris and a home in Weathersfield Bow, Vermont. Hunt died in Washington, D.C. on February 1, 1941 of pneumonia.