Lot 90: ARTHUR HUGHES (BRITISH, 1832-1915)
19th Century European Paintings and Sculpture
May 26, 1993
New York, NY, USA
Description: "ENDYMION" "Brain-sick shepherd prince, etc." (Keats) oil on canvas 30 by 42 in. 76.2 by 106.7 cm. In a letter of 1899 to Frederic George Stephens, one of the original Pre-Raphaelite Brothers, Hughes writes of this subject, "It is from Keats. It does not illustrate any actual scene but grew out of it somehow." His specific inspiration is Keats" extended allegory, Endymion (1817), centered on the shepherd hero of Greek mythology. We are grateful to Dr. Leslie Cowan for his assistance in the cataloguing of this work. Provenance: William Graham John Bibby Thomas McLean, London Exhibited: London, Royal Academy, 1870, No. 388 Literature: The Art Journal, June 1870, "... But Endymion will be accounted worthy of Keats. The nymph lying along the foreground is lovely, at once both poem and picture; and the painter, as usual, manages to get into his composition a delicious play of colour, especially about the blue diaphonous drapery. A faun licks the lady's hand and a rabbit plays at her feet, so tender and loving are these creatures of the woods when under her poetic spell.".