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Robert Hunter (fl.1752-1803)

Robert Hunter was born in Ulster, although nothing is known of his family and early life.

He studied art under Thomas Pope and settled in Dublin. His works began to appear in print in 1752 and the following year he painted a portrait of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Until the arrival of Robert Hone in 1780, Hunter was the most popular portrait painter in the city. His works ceased to be fashionable in later years and in 1800 he contributed for the last time to the exhibition by Dublin artists. He was still living in 1803 but the date of his death is unknown.

Hunter painted a portrait of John Wesley in the early 1770s and was apparently a friend of the Methodist leader.

Source: Dictionary of Irish Artists by W. G. Strickland and  Sayings and Portraits of John Wesley by John Telford

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