William Morris Hunt (1824-1879) was a successful portrait and landscape painter who brought the French Barbizon School to America. Hunt was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, to a wealthy and prominent family of legislators. His brother, Richard Morris Hunt, was a successful architect.
William Morris Hunt studied briefly at Harvard, then moved to France to study painting. He was a student in Paris with Thomas Couture and in Barbizon with Jean-Francois Millet. Upon his return to America in 1855, he set up a studio in Boston and taught the Barbizon style to both male and female students.