Visions from a
White Mountain Pallette
The Life and Times
of Charles A. Hunt
Madison’s White Mountain Painter
Who was Charles A. Hunt? That’s the question Roy Bubb was often asked by visitors who viewed Hunt’s White Mountain paintings in the Madison (New Hampshire) Historical Society’s museum.
As a museum docent, Bubb began to research the obscure artist, uncovering his life in Nashua, New Hampshire, and his ties to Madison families. In his search the author learned about many more paintings, found a number of old photographs related to the artist and his family, and, as much as possible, answered the question about Hunt.
In preparing this book, Roy Bubb researched many Madison homesteads depicted in the Hunt paintings, and here reveals much town history concerning early settlers and their ties to each other as they struggled to farm the rocky hillsides.
A native of Madison, Charles A. Hunt (1852-1930) painted what he knew, the farms of his hometown and, in the manner of other White Mountain artists, views of Mt. Chocorua, the Saco River Valley, and Mt. Washington.
Adding to Bubb’s work are the critiques of art historian Charlotte Colby Andersen, who describes Hunt’s “wonderful sense of color” and “his excellent feel for composition.” All of this skill shows “a painterly ability in a supposedly untaught painter.”
Bubb was able to locate twenty paintings, some privately owned, others in several museums. Perhaps more will be identified as a result of this publication and Charles A. Hunt will once again be known for his artistic talents, as he was when he died in Nashua where he had lived for sixty years and was described in his obituary as “a landscape artist of considerable note.”
About The Author
Roy Bubb was born in Orleans County in western New York State of a farm family. Educated in the New York State University system, he taught in Niagara Falls, NY, later spending twenty-five years as an assistant professor at the College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Upon retiring to Silver Lake, New Hampshire, he became interested in the artistic works of Charles A. Hunt, an unknown White Mountain painter, who spent many years in the area between 1852 and 1930. The author, in his research, had to rely on numerous distant cousins for information on this reclusive artist.
Prior to this book, Roy Bubb wrote his memoirs, Memories of Manning Corners, which was published by a New York Historical Society.
Published 2008 by Peter E. Randall Publisher LLC, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Book price reduced to $30.00, which includes shipping and handling. Copies may be obtained by mail through the Madison Historical Society, P. O. Box 505, Madison, NH 03849. All proceeds go to the Madison Historical Society Building Restoration Fund.