The Search for Peter Hunt
Now available! The only book
written about Cape Cod's charismatic artist,
The Search for
Peter Hunt (The Local History Company) is now available! Author Lynn C. Van
Dine, creator of this web site, spent almost a decade researching the
art, the life and the legends of Peter Hunt. And Peter Hunt has
something to say about that. In fact, he has a lot to say.
His story is told in a historical fiction that is engaging,
occasionally poignant and sometimes funny -- just like Peter Hunt.
As a bonus, Peter Hunt's instructions on creating his peasant designs
are included in the book.
To order The Search for Peter Hunt, contact the publisher, The
Local History Company.
** Peter Hunt's Workbook
Precursor to his How-to-do-it
Book, Peter Hunt's Workbook, published in 1945 by
Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, was an expansion on his brochure for
DuPont Nemours, called Transformagic, which promoted the
company's paints for refurbishing old furniture. Although not as
detailed as the How-to-do-it Book, the Workbook offers
solid instruction on creating peasant decorations.
The beginning of Peter Hunt's
national fame came from his instruction in this DuPont Nemours
brochure, Transformagic: How to Transform Old Furniture,
initially released in 1942, and reprinted several times over the next
few years. Magazines like Life, House Beautiful and
Mademoiselle used seized on the concept and featured Hunt in
multi-page photo spreads, complete with "before" and "after" shots of
** Peter Hunt's Cape Cod Cookbook
Although his contemporaries say
he was a terrible cook, Peter Hunt pulled together a marvelous mélange
of recipes from all over Cape Cod for his Cape Cod Cookbook: A Cape
Cod Treasury of Favorite Recipes Illustrated by the Author,
published by Hawthorn Books Inc. in 1954.
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** Peter Hunt's How-to-do-it Book
Perhaps his best-known published
work, Peter Hunt's How-to-do-it Book, published by
Prentice-Hall Inc. in 1952 compiled his stories about coming to Cape
Cod along with in-depth instruction on recreating his folk art style
on furniture, knick-knacks and odd bits. Now out of print.
** Paintbox Summer
Betty Cavanna, who summered for
many years in Chatham on Cape Cod, was best known for the many books
she wrote for girls and teenagers. Paintbox Summer, illustrated
by Peter Hunt, is set in Peasant Village and tells the story of a
teenage artist who works there as Hunt's apprentice. Of course, Peter
is featured throughout as a minor character. The book was published in
1949 by Westminster Press.
** Cape Cod Compass
Peter Hunt designed the cover of
the 1964 edition of the Cape Cod Compass, picturing the
Cape as a giant fish. Inside the issue is a black and white picture of
the artist at his Peacock Alley shop in Orleans. In the 1963 issue of
the Compass, Hunt contributed an essay with his illustrations,
called "Winter is Best."
** Priscilla Hauser Presents
the Peter Hunt Workbook
Famed decorative artist
Priscilla Hauser published the Workbook with her own clarifications of
the peasant painting instructions and wonderful images of his shop and
home in Orleans. She published Priscilla Hauser Presents the Peter
Hunt Workbook in 1975. Hauser also published The Painting
World of Nancy Whorf (pictured below), about Hunt's lead
apprentice and her subsequent work, in 1976.