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Genre Painter, b. 1851 - d. 1914

(b London, England, 1851; d St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 1914) Pre-Raphaelite painter. Edward Hughes was a nephew of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Arthur Hughes, under whom he studied until he entered the Royal Academy Schools. Some of Hughes acquaintances included the English artist and designer Edward Burne-Jones and the poet and novelist George Macdonald, many of whose children books were illustrated by his Uncle Arthur. For a time he was engaged to one of Macdonald's daughters, but she died before their marriage. In 1883, he married Emily Eliza Davies. Hughes showed at the Royal Academy from 1870 to 1911, and was represented at the first Venice Biennale in 1895. He also exhibited regularly with the Royal Watercolor Society, becoming an Associate in 1891; a full member in 1895; and Vice-President for two years beginning in 1901.* Around 1902, Hughes worked as a studio assistant for the elderly painter Holman Hunt, whose eyesight was failing. Under the direction of Hunt, Hughes helped the artist on his final, and largest version of “The Light of the World,” St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. For several years Hughes he was employed as a teacher of evening classes at London County Council. He lived in London until 1913 when he moved to St. Albans. He died on April 23, 1914 at his cottage in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Hughes worked mainly in watercolor and gouache, painting symbolist subjects and obscure literary themes, often Italian in origin. He is also well known for his slightly idealized portraits of women, executed in red chalk. His works display the meticulous observation of nature and minute technique associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. (Credit: *Christie's, London, Important British and Irish Art, June 9, 2004, Lot 25)

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      • Edward Robert Hughes, RWS (1851-1914)sold
        Sep. 20, 2023

        Edward Robert Hughes, RWS (1851-1914)

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Edward Robert Hughes, RWS (1851-1914) Portrait study of Dorothea signed lower left 'E R Hughes. del.' and dated lower right 'July 25. 1901.'; inscribed upper right 'Dorothea' charcoal on paper 32 x 24cm Provenance: Millea Bros. Auctions, Boonton, NJ, USA, 5th June 2020, when acquired by the present owner The sitter in the present drawing might be identified as Dorothea Brooke, the daughter of the Reverend Stopford Brooke. Framed 49.5 x 43cm

        Cheffins
      • Edward Robert Hughes, RWS,  A pair of portraits: Thomas Webb, holding a black hat and Elizabeth Webb, holding a vase of flowers sold
        Jul. 19, 2023

        Edward Robert Hughes, RWS,  A pair of portraits: Thomas Webb, holding a black hat and Elizabeth Webb, holding a vase of flowers 

        Est: £3,000 - £4,000

        Edward Robert Hughes, RWS,  British 1851-1914-  A pair of portraits: Thomas Webb, holding a black hat; and Elizabeth Webb, holding a vase of flowers;  each oil on canvas, the first signed and dated 'E.R. HUGHES.1876.' (lower right) and inscribed 'THOMAS.WEBB' (upper left), the second signed 'E.R.HUGHES.' (lower right) and inscribed and dated 'ELIZABETH.WEBB.1876' (upper left), each 61.6 x 51.5 cm., a pair (2).  Provenance:  Private Collection, Essex, until circa 1970-3;  when purchased by the mother of the present owner.  Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 15 July 2022, lot 95.  Note:  Although Hughes is known mostly for his romantic, somewhat fantastical watercolours such as 'Night with her Train of Stars', 1912 [Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, no.1915P100], in his early career he appears to have had a thriving portrait practice. Of his sixteen Royal Academy exhibits, the fourteen between 1879 and 1898 were portraits. The present works, with their intricate detailing, clearly show the influence of Pre-Raphaelite portraiture and the impact of artists such as Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). Hughes was studio assistant to Hunt from 1899 due to the older artist's deteriorating eyesight. Although little is known about the sitters, Thomas and Elizabeth Webb, Hughes has effectively captured a sense of their personalities. In his portrait of Elizabeth, for example, he has added props of the blue and white vase of flowers and the yellow neckerchief, which allow us an insight into her character.

        Roseberys
      • Edward Robert Hughes (British, 1851-1914) Study of a reclining figuresold
        Jul. 05, 2023

        Edward Robert Hughes (British, 1851-1914) Study of a reclining figure

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Edward Robert Hughes (British, 1851-1914) Study of a reclining figure signed 'ERHughes.' (lower left) black and white chalk 28 x 37.5cm (11 x 14 3/4in).

        Bonhams
      • Edward Robert Hughes (1851 - 1914), Lady Henrietta Margaret Stanley (1881)sold
        Apr. 27, 2023

        Edward Robert Hughes (1851 - 1914), Lady Henrietta Margaret Stanley (1881)

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Property of a Gentleman Edward Robert Hughes (1851 - 1914) Lady Henrietta Margaret Stanley (1881) Watercolour and body colour on paper, laid down on board With painted inscription, upper right: "HENRIETTA MARGARET STANLEY AET. 7. 1881. E. R. HUGHES. F." Inscribed, verso: “Miss Henrietta Margaret Stanley…4 Beaufort Street, Chelsea” Dimensions: (Paper) 14.5 in. (H) x 11 in. (W) (Frame) 20.5 in. (H) x 16.75 in. (W)

        Sloane Street Auctions
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, RWS,  BRITISH 1851-1914-  A PAIR OF PORTRAITS: THOMAS WEBB, HOLDING A BLACK Hsold
        Mar. 29, 2023

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, RWS,  BRITISH 1851-1914-  A PAIR OF PORTRAITS: THOMAS WEBB, HOLDING A BLACK H

        Est: £5,000 - £8,000

        Edward Robert Hughes, RWS,  British 1851-1914-  A pair of portraits: Thomas Webb, holding a black hat; and Elizabeth Webb, holding a vase of flowers;  each oil on canvas, the first signed and dated 'E.R. HUGHES.1876.' (lower right) and inscribed 'THOMAS.WEBB' (upper left), the second signed 'E.R.HUGHES.' (lower right) and inscribed and dated 'ELIZABETH.WEBB.1876' (upper left), each 61.6 x 51.5 cm., a pair (2).  Provenance:  Private Collection, Essex, until circa 1970-3;  when purchased by the mother of the present owner.  Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 15 July 2022, lot 95.  Note:  Although Hughes is known mostly for his romantic, somewhat fantastical watercolours such as 'Night with her Train of Stars', 1912 (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery), in his early career he appears to have had a thriving portrait practice. Of his sixteen Royal Academy exhibits, the fourteen between 1879 and 1898 were portraits. The present works, with their intricate detailing, clearly show the influence of Pre-Raphaelite portraiture and the impact of artists such as Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). Hughes was studio assistant to Hunt from 1899 due to the older artist's deteriorating eyesight. Although little is known about the sitters, Thomas and Elizabeth Webb, Hughes has captured a sense of their personalities. In his portrait of Elizabeth, for example, he has added props of the blue and white vase of flowers and the yellow neckerchief, which allow us an insight into her character.

        Roseberys
      • Going Homesold
        Dec. 14, 2022

        Going Home

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Property from a British Private Collection Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S. British 1851 - 1914 Going Home signed E R HUGHES lower right oil on canvas Unframed: 43 by 58.5cm., 17 by 23in. Framed: 55 by 69.5cm., 21½ by 27½in. Bid on Sotheby's

        Sotheby's
      • Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914), Portrait of a lady, pastel, 37.5 x 26.5cmsold
        Sep. 27, 2022

        Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914), Portrait of a lady, pastel, 37.5 x 26.5cm

        Est: £400 - £600

        Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) Portrait of a lady pastel signed

        Gorringes
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1851-1914) Portrait of Thomas Webb,sold
        Jul. 15, 2022

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1851-1914) Portrait of Thomas Webb,

        Est: £10,000 - £15,000

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (BRITISH, 1851-1914) Portrait of Thomas Webb, holding a black hat; and Portrait of Elizabeth Webb,... oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (61.6 x 51.5 cm). (2)

        Christie's
      • Edward Robert Hughes - Fugitivessold
        Apr. 28, 2022

        Edward Robert Hughes - Fugitives

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Lot 229 Edward Robert Hughes English (1851-1914) Fugitives watercolor on paper signed 'E.R. Hughes' lower left sight: 26 3/4 x 19 inches frame dimensions: 32 7/8 x 25 1/4 x 2 inches,wood frame with glazing Provenance: Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein Christie's, London, 22 May 1990, lot 18,,Jas. Bourlet and Sons Ltd., London, label affixed to verso

        Capsule Gallery Auction
      • Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914), Portraits of Joseph and Phoebe King of Hampstead, 1882, pair of oils on canvas, 69 x 58cm.sold
        Dec. 07, 2021

        Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914), Portraits of Joseph and Phoebe King of Hampstead, 1882, pair of oils on canvas, 69 x 58cm.

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) Portraits of Joseph and Phoebe King of Hampstead, 1882 pair of oils on canvas Exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1882,

        Gorringes
      • Edward Robert Hughes, R.W.S. (British, 1851-1914) Wings of the Morningsold
        Oct. 13, 2021

        Edward Robert Hughes, R.W.S. (British, 1851-1914) Wings of the Morning

        Est: $400,000 - $600,000

        Edward Robert Hughes, R.W.S. (British, 1851-1914) Wings of the Morning signed 'E. R. Hughes. R.W.S.' (lower left); inscribed and signed '...Morning/E.R Hughes. R.W.S.' (on a fragment of the artist's…

        Christie's
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (1851-1914) 'Pre-historic Iona' pencil, watersold
        Sep. 30, 2021

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (1851-1914) 'Pre-historic Iona' pencil, water

        Est: £3,000 - £5,000

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (1851-1914) 'Pre-historic Iona' pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with scratching out on artists board 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm.)

        Christie's
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (1851-1914) The Light of the World pencil, watsold
        Sep. 30, 2021

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (1851-1914) The Light of the World pencil, wat

        Est: £60,000 - £100,000

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (1851-1914) The Light of the World pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gum arabic and with scratching out on paper laid on canvas 36 1/8 x 19 ¾ in. (91.7 x 50.3 cm.), arched top

        Christie's
      • Edward Robert Hughes (British 1851-1914), Reveriesold
        May. 27, 2021

        Edward Robert Hughes (British 1851-1914), Reverie

        Est: £6,000 - £8,000

        Edward Robert Hughes (British 1851-1914)ReveriePastel 55 x 34.5cm (21½ x 13½ in.)Edward Robert Hughes was a nephew of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Arthur Hughes, under whom he studied. He entered the Royal Academy Schools and worked with Holman Hunt, helping the elderly painter, whose eyesight was failing, to complete some of his later works. The best-known example is the large version of The Light of the World in St Paul's Cathedral, London. Hughes was also in contact with Edward Burne-Jones and knew the poet and novelist George Macdonald, many of whose books for children were illustrated by his uncle Arthur. Hughes worked mainly in watercolour, painting symbolist subjects and literary themes. He exhibited regularly with the Royal Watercolour Society, becoming an Associate in 1891, a full member in 1895 and Vice-President in 1901. He also showed at the Royal Academy from 1870 to 1911 and was represented at the first Venice Biennale in 1895.

        Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (LONDON 1851-1914 ST ALBAN'S), Study of a male head,sold
        Dec. 08, 2020

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (LONDON 1851-1914 ST ALBAN'S), Study of a male head,

        Est: £2,500 - £3,500

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES, R.W.S. (LONDON 1851-1914 ST ALBAN'S) Study of a male head signed 'E.R. Hughes' (upper left) sanguine chalk 14 x 11 3/4 in. (35.5 x 30 in.) ,

        Christie's
      • Edward Hughes (British, 1832-1908)sold
        Jul. 29, 2020

        Edward Hughes (British, 1832-1908)

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Edward Hughes (British, 1832-1908) Portrait of Rodney William Verelst (1898-1952) aged 5 signed right of the sitter's arm 'Edward Hughes 1903' with correspondence from the artist to the sitter's parents attached to the reverse oil on canvas in a carved giltwood frame 60 x 49 cm Provenance: Rodney William Verelst (1898-1952) of Aston Hall, Aston, Yorkshire, and by descent within the family Aged five at the time of this portrait, the rosy-cheeked sitter, Rodney William Verelst, was the son of Harry William Verelst, an amateur first-class cricketer. As an adult, Rodney William Verelst was a keen polo player and served as a Major in the 8th Hussars Regiment. On the reverse of the painting is a letter from the artist with a handwritten account for 150 guineas and a covering letter saying how much he had enjoyed painting it.

        Cheffins
      • Edward Robert Hughes, Pre-Raphaelite drawingsold
        Jun. 05, 2020

        Edward Robert Hughes, Pre-Raphaelite drawing

        Est: $300 - $500

        Edward Robert Hughes (British, 1851-1914), "Dorothea", 1901, pencil on paper, signed, dated and titled, unframed, 14"h x 10"w (sheet)

        Millea Bros. Ltd.
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES (1851-1914)sold
        May. 06, 2020

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES (1851-1914)

        Est: €500 - €600

        Milkmaid. Canvas. Signed 'E H Hughes'. Description FR La laitière. Toile. Signée 'E H Hughes'. Beschrijving NL Melkmeisje. Doek. Getekend 'E H Hughes'.

        Bernaerts Auctioneers
      • EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES (BRITISH 1851-1914) Portrait miniature of William Holman Hunt O.M. (1827-1910), full-face, bearded and with piercing blue eyes Watercolour on ivory Silver frame with pierced scrollwork, set with zircon, rubies, diamonds, foiledsold
        Mar. 25, 2020

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES (BRITISH 1851-1914) Portrait miniature of William Holman Hunt O.M. (1827-1910), full-face, bearded and with piercing blue eyes Watercolour on ivory Silver frame with pierced scrollwork, set with zircon, rubies, diamonds, foiled

        Est: £8,000 - £12,000

        EDWARD ROBERT HUGHES (BRITISH 1851-1914) Portrait miniature of William Holman Hunt O.M. (1827-1910), full-face, bearded and with piercing blue eyes Watercolour on ivory Silver frame with pierced scrollwork, set with zircon, rubies, diamonds, foiled green beryl and foiled topaz, engraved on reverse W. Holman Hunt O.M/ Ætat 53 Oval, 42mm (1 ⅝ in) high Provenance: Mrs Emmie Stone; Bonhams, The Albion Collection, 22 April 2004, Lot 164; Private collection Exhibited: H.M., 1999; P.A., 1999; S.N.P.G., 2000-2003; Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes, October 2015- February 2016, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Literature: S.P.N.F., No.103 The inscription on the reverse of the present lot giving the initials O.M. after Hunt's hame and age of 53 is somewhat contrary. Hunt did not receive the Order of Merit until 1905 when he was 78. However, the present lot is based on an earlier photograph of Hunt wearing a striped abà (Eastern robe) (cf. W. Holman-Hunt, O.M., D.C.L., Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, second edition, 1913, II, chap. XII, p.279). This photograph is very similar to one dated August 1891 by Walery, giving us Hunt's age as 53 in the prototype, hence the age that appears on the reverse of the frame.  It is probable that the miniature was commissioned by Edith Holman Hunt after her husband's death in September 1910 and before 1914 when Hughes died. Another version of the present lot, also by Hughes is in a private collection of family descent. It has no been possible to confirm whether the present lot is signed on the reverse. Neither portrait miniature is mentioned in the Wills of Holman Hunt, his wife or their son Hilary Lushington Holman Hunt. However, when the latter died, his Will allowed his executors and trustees Emmie Stone and Hannah Meyer (both whom had been nurses to his father) to select such articles of jewellery 'as they may choose to keep'. It would appear that Mrs Stone chose the present lot, which she later gave to a friend. It was then passed to this Gentleman's son, prior to entering the Albion Collection where it was purchased by the present owner in 2005.  It has been suggested that the frame is the work of the Arts and Crafts jewellers Arthur and Georgie Gaskin and probably the design of the latter. The open scrollwork, barely three-dimensional and certainly unpretentious, is typical of her work. As in the present lot, she favoured the use of the wirework frame purely as a skeleton to hold a variety of stones providing colour and translucency to a piece. Like many Arts and Crafts jewellers, she chose stones for their interest and beauty rather than rarity or perfection. The present frame is unusual in that it includes a number of diamonds, rarely used by these craftsmen. For a similar pendant by the Gaskins, cf. Charlotte Gere & Geoffrey C. Munn, Artist's Jewellery/ Pre-Raphaelite to Arts and Crafts, 1989, p.145, pl.70. For other examples of her work cf. Exhibition Catalogue Arthur & Georgie Gaskin, City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham and The Fine Art Society, London, 1982, section G.  William Holman Hunt was born in London on 2 April 1827. A clerk for several years, he left the world of trade to study at the British Museum and the National Gallery. In 1844 he entered the Royal Academy, London. Here he joined with Millais and Rossetti to develop the Pre-Raphaelite theories of art and, in 1848, to found the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His first canvas to interpret these themes was 'Rienzi', exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849. In 1854 Hunt went to the Holy Land to portray scenes from the life of Christ, aiming to achieve total historical and archaeological truth. He returned to Palestine in 1869 and again in 1873. Throughout his life Hunt remained dedicated to Pre-Raphaelite concepts, as exemplified in such works as 'The Light of the World', 'The Scapegoat' and 'The Shadow of Death'. Hunt died in Kensington, London on 7 September 1910.  Edward Robert Hughes was a nephew of the Pre-Raphaelite Arthur Hughes and a studio assistant to William Holman Hunt. He helped Hunt with some of his later work, including the St Paul's version of 'The Light of the World'. Hughes began his career among the Pre-Raphaelites, and like Edward Burne-Jones with whom he was acquainted, he inclined towards Symbolism. However, the majority of Hughes' work, carried out mainly in watercolour and gouache, display the meticulous observation of nature and minute technique associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The present lot shows how this way of painting enabled him to master the skill of miniature painting, rarely grasped by painters used to working on a large scale.  We are grateful to Dr. Judith Bronkhurst for allowing us to reference her research into the attribution and provenance of the present lot.

        Chiswick Auctions
      • Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"sold
        Feb. 22, 2020

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Est: $30 - $40

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Bruce Teleky Inc.
      • Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"sold
        Dec. 28, 2019

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Est: $30 - $40

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Bruce Teleky Inc.
      • Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"sold
        Nov. 30, 2019

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Est: $30 - $40

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Bruce Teleky Inc.
      • Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"sold
        Oct. 27, 2019

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Est: $30 - $40

        Edward Robert Hughes - "Mid Summer Eve"

        Bruce Teleky Inc.
      • Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S. (1851-1914) Study of a female nude 14 x 10in.sold
        Oct. 01, 2019

        Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S. (1851-1914) Study of a female nude 14 x 10in.

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        Edward Robert Hughes R.W.S. (1851-1914) black and white chalk on grey paper Study of a female nude signed and inscribed 14 x 10in.

        Gorringes
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