About Geoff Hunt
Geoff Hunt is one of the world’s finest painters of 18th and 19th-century ships. Through his research for paintings, he is a leading authority on naval history and ship architecture of the period and has a special interest in the ships and commands of Lord Nelson. Geoff is past-President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Geoff is well known for his depictions of naval scenes adorning the covers of Patrick O'Brian’s bestselling 'Aubery-Maturin' novels, a connection he began in 1988. He has also painted scenes from C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series and Julian Stockwin's Thomas Kydd series. In a 2008 interview with Artist & Illustrators magazine, he asserted ‘I find ships awesome, fascinating, and slightly frightening.’
Geoff attended Kingston and Epsom Schools of Art, 1966–70, where he studied graphic design. Upon graduation, following a couple of years in advertising, he established himself as a freelance artist and designer, and was Art Editor for the popular Warship quarterly journal, from its inception in 1977 until 1979.
A wide selection of his work can be found in The Marine Art of Geoff Hunt (2004), published by Conway. Warships International Fleet Review found it ‘Spectacular and highly recommended.’ Famed for his attention to minute detail, Hunt once contacted ‘the Royal Observatory for the altitude and azimuth of the sun at a certain latitude and longitude at an exact moment in history’ to maintain the historical accuracy of one of his pieces.
In February 2007, he was asked by Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust to paint an artist’s reconstruction of Henry VIII’s infamous flagship. He accepted the commission, finally completing the painting in January 2009 after hours of extensive and meticulous research. His article recounting the experience can be found in the Shipwright 2010 annual.
Geoff Hunt's paintings illustrate The Frigate Surprise: The Design, Construction and Careers of Jack Aubrey’s Favourite Command (2008), which he co-authored with respected maritime historian, Brian Lavery. Aubrey’s creator Patrick O’Brian has proclaimed that ‘Geoff Hunt’s pictures, perfectly accurate in period and detail, but very far from merely representational, are often suffused with a light reminiscent of Canaletto.’
Geoff lives in Wimbledon with his wife and two children. Befitting his muse, Hunt’s studio is situated on the site of Merton Place, Admiral Nelson’s house.
About The Fighting Sail Series
You may order the prints individually or as a full set of 12 'Fighting Sail' prints, each with the same edition number in either Remarque or regular Limited Edition versions. Collectors who purchase the full set will receive a FREE Collector's Box in Navy blue, lined with white acid-free papers and stamped with the 'Fighting Sail' logo in gold on the lid. The blue, gold, and white colours echo those of the British Naval uniforms of the time.
The set comprises, in order of publication: HMS Indefatigable; HMS Temeraire; HM Schooner Pickle; HMS Captain; HMS Victory; HMS Euryalus; Bucentaure; Santisima Trinidad; HMS Leander; Speedy; HMS Surprise and USS United States