James Henry Leigh Hunt
19 October 1784
|Died||28 August 1859 74) (aged|
Putney, London, England
|Burial place||Kensal Green Cemetery|
|Education||Christ's Hospital, Newgate Street, London|
(m. 1808; died 1857)
|Children||10, including Thornton Leigh Hunt|
|Relatives||John Hunt (brother)|
Elizabeth Kent (sister-in-law)
Hunt co-founded The Examiner, a leading intellectual journal expounding radical principles. He was the centre of the Hampstead-based group that included William Hazlitt and Charles Lamb, known as the "Hunt circle". Hunt also introduced John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson to the public.
Hunt's presence at Shelley's funeral on the beach near Viareggio was immortalised in the painting by Louis Édouard Fournier, although in reality Hunt did not stand by the pyre, as portrayed. Hunt inspired aspects of the Harold Skimpole character in Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House.