Sefton Mill

WAG 4344


Pupil of the successful Birmingham drawing master and landscape artist Samuel Lines (1778 - 1863), Hunt moved to Liverpool where he was listed as a print seller, framemaker and artists' repository in Bold Street from 1818 to 1843. He opened a successful drawing academy and exhibited at the Liverpool Academy from 1822 where he became a member in 1850. Hunt made numerous sketching trips to Wales, Ireland and the Lake District. He specialised in oil paint but also produced many watercolours. Sefton is a village in Merseyside. There had been a mill on this site since the Middle Ages. Hunt made an oil painting of the Mill and Sefton Church in 1841, seen from an angle to the right of this view (WAG 9853). He may have worked on this watercolour at the same time as a prepatory study. See also WAG 390, another view of Sefton Mill by Hunt.