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British & Irish Art

by Sotheby's

May 23, 2013

London, United Kingdom

Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) Please Register/Login to access your Invaluable Alerts

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Description: 1832  -  1915 POLL  THE  MILKMAID  signed  l.r.:  ARTHUR  HUGHES;  inscribed  with  a  poem  and  the  artist's  name  and  address  on  an  old  label  attached  to  the  reverse oil  on  canvas 47  by  86cm.,  18  by  34in.

Notes: The landscape for the present work was painted in the late 1860s and in 1872 Hughes reworked the foreground with the addition of the milkmaid and the calf, probably at the request of its first owner John Hamilton Trist. It was at this time that it was given the title, based upon a poem written in Dorset dialect by William Barnes: 'O Poll's the milk-maid o' the farm! An' Poll's so happy out in groun' Wi' her white pail below her earm As is she wore a goolden crown. In zummer mornens when the lark Do rouse the little lad an' lass To work, then she's the vu'st to mark Her steps along the dewy grass'.

Provenance: Purchased from the artist by John Hamilton Trist in 1871; his sale, Christie's, 9 April 1892, lot 69, bought 'Chiltick'; H.J. Mack, his sale 13 January 1965, lot 182 bought by Leger Galleries, London; P.C. Withers by March 1967; Hartnoll & Eyre, London; Christie's, 20 November 1970, lot 233; Christie's, 23 July 1971, lot 351, bought by Arthur Grogan; Sotheby's, 15 March 1983, lot 50 bought by Leonard Roberts by whom sold to Alan B. Gateley in August 1993 and thence by descent

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1872, no. 303

Literature: Athenaeum, 4 May 1872, p.564; Athenaeum, 25 May 1872, p.659; The Times, 5 June 1872, p.6; Leonard Roberts, Arthur Hughes, His Life and Works, 1997, cat. no. 106, illustrated p.94, colour pl.65

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