Born Ashbourne, Derbyshire; died Matlock, Derbyshire. Painter in oil of Highland landscape and cattle. Descended from an interesting English family, with Sitwell connections, having a long association with Derbyshire (what is now Green Hall, Ashbourne, appears on a 1547 map as ‘Hurt’s House’). His son Colin played cricket for Derbyshire. His first training was with George Turner and his son at Barrow-on-Trent. As he developed, almost all his work portrayed Highland cattle in their indigenous surroundings, often with swelling mists behind, or beside tumbling burns or mirror-still waters of some Highland loch. Also occasionally painted deer, sheep and small landscapes. Hurt kept his own Highland cattle to use as models and usually included at least one black cow in his composition. His work, always popular, has become increasingly so.
Exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, the Glasgow Institute and London.
His work is represented in Greenock AG, Manchester AG, Russell-Cotes AG bournemouth and Reading AG.