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Lot 336: ARTHUR HUGHES 1832-1915

Victorian Pictures

by Sotheby's

November 25, 2004

London, United Kingdom

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Description: signed l.r.: ARTHUR HUGHES

oil on board

Notes: According to Leonard Roberts Perran Point was painted around 1895 at a time when Arthur Hughes painted several charming marine studies in Cornwall, including Newquay Headland From the Warren, The Towan, Newquay and Saint Agnes' Head, Cornwall. In each of these small panels Hughes captured the rugged wilderness of the Cornish coast in times of tranquility when the cliff-tops are covered by a verdant wealth of grass and salt-loving flowers and the sea is a beautiful shade of azure blue. His studies of ocean from the vantage of the cliffs found its most impressive expression in the two versions of Threads of Fate in 1887 and 1889 in which a young women is mending the nets on a rock far above an inlet where a solitary fisherman is rowing into shore. Around 1889 Hughes also painted the similar painting A Cornish Welcome in which two young children wave from the cliff tops at the unseen fleet below.

Hughes continued to paint these views throughout his life and clearly found great pleasure in landscape painting, for which he had a great talent. Although he is now well known for his Pre-Raphaelite romatic paintings of knights and damsels, his quality as a landscape painter is perhaps not as recognised as it should be.

Provenance: London, The Fine Art Society, 1900, purchased by Mrs Beddington for 20gns;
Private collection;
Bought by The Fine Art Society, London, 7 July 1979, and resold in May 1980 to a private collector

Dimensions: 29 by 40 1/2 cm., 11 1/2 by 16 in.

Exhibited: London, The Fine Art Society, 1900, no. 73

Literature: Leonard Roberts, Arthur Hughes, His Life and Works, 1997, pg. 224

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