Happy Birthday William M Harnett!! Today I will begin a stretch of 5 American painters' birthdays in a row. William Harnett was born in Ireland, in 1848, but grew up in Philadelphia. He is considered the most important still life painter of the late 1800's. After the Hunt, 1885, is an example of his mature style. The story-telling aspects of the painting are exhibited in large scale, this painting measures 4'X6'!