Arthur Hughes

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Arthur Hughes

97 artworks

, Victorian Romanticist artist

Born 1832 - Died 1915

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April Love

1855-1856

Oil on canvas

89 x 49.5 cms | 35 x 19 1/4 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Amy (study for 'The Long Engagement')

c. 1853-c. 1854

Oil on panel

32 x 18.5 cms | 12 1/2 x 7 1/4 ins

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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The Rescue

Oil on canvas

109.2 x 53.3 cms | 43 x 21 ins

Private collection, ,

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The Rescue

Oil on canvas

109.2 x 53.3 cms | 43 x 21 ins

Private collection, ,

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Madeleine

1862-1865

Oil on panel

44.5 x 23 cms | 17 1/2 x 9 ins

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, United Kingdom

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Elaine with the Armour of Launcelot

1867

Oil on panel

43.9 x 22.7 cms | 17 1/4 x 8 3/4 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Mariana at the Window

c. 1865-c. 1867

Oil on board

44 x 22.5 cms | 17 1/4 x 8 3/4 ins

Public collection, ,

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The Guarded Bower

c. 1864-1866

Oil on canvas

118.1 x 71.1 cms | 46 1/2 x 28 ins

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom

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Silver and Gold

Oil on canvas

99.1 x 67.3 cms | 39 x 26 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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Arthur Hughes
by Paul Ripley

Hughes showed early artistic promise & enrolled in the Royal Academy Antique School in 1847. He was encouraged by Millais, who was always an affable individual. Hughes was inspired directly by The Germ, the short-lived Pre-Raphaelite magazine. He attended PRB meetings, in rather a junior hero-worshipping manner. Hughes was liked by the PRB, in fact he was throughout his long life, a well liked individual. He was also encouraged by Rossetti.

Hughes main traits as an individual were his modesty & self-effacement. He suffered somewhat at the hands of the Royal Academy, having a number of ill-merited rejections, & very badly hung pictures. He was never even elected an Associate. Hughes married, in 1855 Tryphena Foord, the union was lasting, & happy. As well as the limits imposed by his diffidence & modesty, Hughes was motivated by the desire for a stable, happy family life. Ultimately he was prepared to compromise artistic ambitions for this. Many of his pictures were of ordinary scenes of life. They were painted with great delicacy, & feeling, & were often in greens & mauves. Like the great orchestral composers, the warm sympathetic character of the man shines through in his work. William Michael Rossetti, writing about Hughes said “If I had to pick out, from my once numerous acquaintances of the male sex, the sweetest & most ingenuous nature of all, the least carking & querulous, & the freest from envy hatred & malice, & all uncharitableness, I should probably find myself bound to select Mr Hughes.” Should any human being have a better character reference, or epitaph than this I have yet to see it.

Following the death of Tryphena Hughes in 1921, their daughter Emily had to move to a smaller house. There was, therefore, a shortage of space. As a result she had her father’s remaining preparatory sketches, & all his private papers & correspondence destroyed. What an appalling act of artistic & historical vandalism!

Source: Victorian Art in Britain.

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