Arthur Hughes

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Arthur Hughes

96 artworks

English , Victorian Romanticist artist

Born 1832 - Died 1915

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A Rocky Coast: Merope Rocks, near Harlyn Bay, North Cornwall

Oil on board

24 x 40 cms | 9 1/4 x 15 1/2 ins

The Lake District - National Trust, Near Sawrey, United Kingdom


Banqueting Hall at Penkill, Ayrshire

Oil on board

37 x 45 cms | 14 1/2 x 17 1/2 ins

National Museums Collection Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mother and Child Seated in a Garden

Oil on canvas

68 x 79 cms | 26 3/4 x 31 ins

Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, United Kingdom


Old Neighbour Gone Before

Oil on canvas

77.5 x 133.5 cms | 30 1/2 x 52 1/2 ins

Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, , United States




Oil on canvas

68.5 x 124 cms | 26 3/4 x 48 3/4 ins

Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, United Kingdom


April Love


Oil on canvas

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

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Home from Sea


Oil on panel

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom


A Music Party


Oil on canvas

58 x 76 cms | 22 3/4 x 29 3/4 ins

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Bebington, United Kingdom

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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.