Lot 125: ARTHUR HUGHES 1832-1915
Victorian & Edwardian Art
December 14, 2006
London, United Kingdom
AN AYRSHIRE GLEN
30.5 by 44.5 cm., 12 by 17 1/2 in.
signed l.l.: ARTHUR HUGHES
oil on board
Artist's studio sale, part of lot 50 (bought by Williams);
London, Fine Art Society, bought 1978;
Malcolm T. Franklin, bought 1981;
William E Frederman, A Pre-Raphaelite Gazette: The Penkill Letters of Arthur Hughes to William Bell Scott and Alice Boyd, 1886-97, 1967, pp. 15, 34, 57;
Leonard Roberts, Arthur Hughes - His Life & Works, 1997, cat. no. 302, p. 222, repr. colour pl. 101, p. 115
In 1894 Hughes spent two weeks with his friends Alice Boyd and William Bell Scott at their home Penkill Castle in Northumberland. It was during this trip that he painted An Ayrshire Glen in the grounds at Penkill 'where it was very mild in her pretty deep wooded glen with its falling streams' (letter to Frederick Shields, 1 December 1894). The stream and the stone steps leading to it are still extant at Penkill. Hughes clearly did not finish the picture until 1895 as he wrote to his daughter Agnes on the 11th of January that year stating that he was still working on the picture.