Biography: Walter Hunt Everett was born in Haddonfield, NJ. In his teens he attended The Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art. According to Henry Pitz in The Brandywine Tradition, Everett studied with Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute and in Wilmington, but there is no record of the dates of his study. His work was not included in the exhibits of Pyle's classes at Drexel from 1895 to 1899.
In 1911, Everett began teaching at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (now the Philadelphia College of Art), where he taught until his resignation in 1914. During World War I, he was an instructor at the Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia, replacing his former student Maurice Bower, who was on war duty. According to the city directories, Everett maintained a studio in Wilmington from 1923 to 1927.
Everett's illustrations appeared in major magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post (by 1904), Good Housekeeping, McCall's, Country Gentleman, and Woman's Home Companion). He was a regular contributor to the Ladies’ Home Journal, for which he illustrated a series of biblical stories by George Hodges. According to the city directories, Everett maintained a studio in Wilmington from 1923 to 1927.
In the 1930s, for unknown reasons, Everett left the field of illustration and set fire to many of his work.
A Small School of Art. Rowland Elzea and Elizabeth H. Hawkes, editors. Delaware Art Museum. 1980.