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., 18Â by 34in.
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
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,
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
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'.
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