Arthur (1832) Hughes (1832 - 1915)

Lot 75: ARTHUR HUGHES, 1832-1915

Sotheby's

March 21, 2007
London, United Kingdom

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Description: AN AYRSHIRE GLEN

30.5x44.5cm.; 12x17½in.

signed

oil on board

PROVENANCE

Artist's studio sale, part of lot 50 (bought by Williams);
Private collection;
London, Fine Art Society, bought 1978;
Malcolm T. Franklin, bought 1981;
Private collection

LITERATURE

William E Frederman, A Pre-Raphaelite Gazette: The Penkill Letters of Arthur Hughes to William Bell Scott and Alice Boyd, 1886-97, 1967, pp. 15, 34, 57;
Leonard Roberts, Arthur Hughes - His Life & Works, 1997, cat. no. 302, p. 222, repr. colour pl. 101, p. 115

NOTE

In 1894 Hughes spent two weeks with his friends Alice Boyd and William Bell Scott at their home Penkill Castle in Northumberland. It was during this trip that he painted An Ayrshire Glen in the grounds at Penkill 'where it was very mild in her pretty deep wooded glen with its falling streams' (letter to Frederick Shields, 1 December 1894). The stream and the stone steps leading to it are still extant at Penkill. Hughes clearly did not finish the picture until 1895 as he wrote to his daughter Agnes on the 11th of January that year stating that he was still working on the picture.
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