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Lot 27: Hughes, Arthur. Fine and affectionate series of over ninety autograph letters signed
English Literature and History
December 19, 2000
New York, NY, USA
Description: to Miss Susan Lushington, written in an easy and sometimes humorous style in the last six years of his life, giving extensive details of his activities, impressions of nature, poetry (Coleridge, Alfred Noyes, etc.) and much other news of mutual interest, with many references to his paintings and to friends and other artists (Blake, Holman Hunt, Millais, etc.), several hundred pages, 8vo, chiefly with envelopes, Kew, 1910-1915, occasional minor staining or creasing, stamps excised from some envelopes...Do you remember at Kitty's we talked of Mrs Wm Morris? That led Kitty to post me a card that she came across that she had from her...beautiful in a self revelation of herself I thought...[he] said I ought to do that design you saw of Angels above and woman among thorns below, on a canvas 7 feet high, he discovered my garden was lovely and its wild roses just like those in Millais' Ophelia...Mrs [Holman] Hunt looks a bit older, but was very bright as usual...I have just glimpsed at the Burlington Club Italians & also The Arctic expedition of Capt Scott at a Philharmonic Hall in Portland St......My picture has been going on in the way that pictures often do - but more so, one day hope - the next despair, Then more hope only to lead to more despair - very very difficult problems to solve...so I hope that you pity me severely - I do!... The artist Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) was a follower of the Pre-Raphaelite School, best remembered for such paintings as St Agnes Eve (1856), The Knight of the Sun (1859) and Home from Sea (1863), as well as his many book illustrations (for Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, etc.). The present lengthy and revealing series of letters throws much new light on his later years.