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Richard Morris Hunt

1827 - 1895
Architect
Origin: United States
Born: October 31, 1827, Battleboro, Vermont
Died: July 31, 1895, Newport, Rhode Island

As a teenager, Richard Morris Hunt left the United States and traveled to Paris, where he spent twelve years. In 1846, he began his formal education at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the first American to be accepted at the prestigious school. His training focused on the architectural design of public buildings, but he also studied sculpture, painting, and drawing. After returning to New York in 1857, Hunt was instrumental in establishing professional standards for architects and helped found the American Institute of Architects. He also formed a studio and trained many students that went on to become preeminent architects, such as William Ware. He continued to travel to Europe throughout his life for artistic inspiration and expounded on the numerous historical European architectural styles for American buildings.

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Cougar
c. 1860, Bronze
Richard Morris Hunt
United States, 1827 - 1895