George Edward Hunt (jeweller)

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George Edward Hunt (1892-1960) was a notable Birmingham Arts and Crafts jeweller. He was born on 2 September 1892 in Dudley, near Birmingham. At the age of five he contracted diphtheria and became deaf.[1] The family left the Black Country and moved to Harborne, a suburb of Birmingham, where Hunt remained until his death in 1960.[2]

In 1908, at the age of sixteen, Hunt won free admission to the Margaret Street Art School in Birmingham, where he was taught by Bernard Cuzner.[3] He was awarded several prizes for both design and metalwork in national competitions.[2]

Hunt opened a shop at Five Ways, near Birmingham city centre. By the 1920s his clientele included aristocracy such as Eileen Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland, for whom he made a series of enamelled miniatures of her ancestors.[2]

He is buried at St Peter's Church, Harborne, alonsgide his parents.[1]

An exhibition of his work, The Silent World of an Arts and Crafts Jeweller was held by Bonhams in 2006, at their premises in London, Bath and Knowle, near Birmingham.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hoban, Sally (16 September 2006). "Jewel in the Crown; One of the Most Prolific Makers of Arts and Crafts Jewellery Lived and Work in Birmingham". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 20 February 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ a b c Pyne, Anne (1990). "George Hunt Art Jeweller". The Antique Collector.
  3. ^ a b "Birmingham Group jeweller emerges from the shadows". Antiques trade gazette. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2015.