Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895)

  • Richard Morris Hunt, c. 1860
  • John Griswold House, 1861, Newport, RI
  • John Griswold House, 1861, Newport, RI
  • Linden Gate,” Henry Marquand house, 1871, Newport, RI
  • Richard Morris Hunt cottage, “Hypotenuse House,” 1870, Newport, RI
  • Studio Building, 1857, New York, NY
  • Richard Morris Hunt Atelier, Studio Building, New York, NY
  • William Merritt Chase in his studio, Studio Building, New York, NY
  • William Merritt Chase, “Artist’s Studio” Studio Building, New York, NY
  • Frank Leslie, “Reception at Tenth Street Studios,” 1869

The first American to train at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Hunt headed the New York practice that embodied the Gilded Age culminating with the Palace of Honor at the Chicago Columbian Exposition. In 1856 he opened an atelier in New York that followed the model of the Paris art ateliers. In an upper room of the Studio Building he taught the future stars of post Civil War architecture, Robert Ware, Henry VanBrunt, George B. Post, Charles Gambrill and Frank Furness. The cream of American artists, Winslow Homer, Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt , and William Merritt Chase occupied studios on the lower floors exposing Furness to the idea that art was important and worthy of a career. © George E. Thomas