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Lot 326: f - ARTHUR HUGHES 1832-1915
November 25, 2004
London, United Kingdom
signed and dated l.l.: ARUTHUR HUGHES, titled and dated u.r.: Lucy Hill. Oct 1888
oil on canvas laid on panel
Lucy Hill and her family were life-long friends of Arthur Hughes. He also painted her, along with three of her siblings, in 1866 (The Children of George Birkbeck Hill, Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham). Hughes visited William Bell Scott at Penkill Castle from 7 to 21 October 1887, and the present portrait was finished soon after his return to Wandle Bank. Lucy was the great-niece of Sir Rowland Hill, post office reformer and inventor of the penny post. Her father, George Birkbeck Hill, edited the Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti to William Allingham (Fisher Unwin, 1897) and she herself edited The Letters of George Birkbeck Hill (Arnold, 1906). Lucy's husband-to-be was related to an Editor of The Times, and another of his relatives founded a maritime law-firm known as Crumps.
Attached to the reverse of the panel is a note written by a subsequent owner which reads: "Inscribed on an original label on this picture was 'To Mary Manson from Lucy Crump 1864-1887 1938. Contre mauvaise fortune bon couer'. Lucy and Charles Crump were neighbours of the Mansons. Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) is the artist. The subject is understood to be Lucy as a young girl. The Crumps had work by J.B. Manson (director of the Tate Gallery, 1930-8). Mary was his eldest daughter and taught music at the North London Collegiate School."
Provenance: Lucy Hill (1864-c.1960 later Mrs. Charles Crump); gifted by her in September 1938 to Mary Manson (eldest daughter of J.B. Manson, former Director of the Tate Gallery); thence by descent to 2003
Dimensions: 42 by 26 1/2 cm., 16 1/2 by 10 3/8 in.