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    Sale 7437

    Victorian and Traditonalist Pictures

    15 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)

    A Visit to Grandmother

    Price Realised  


    Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
    A Visit to Grandmother
    signed 'ARTHUR HUGHES' (lower right) and inscribed 'A visit to Grandmother' (on an old label on the reverse)
    oil on panel
    12¼ x 13¾ in. (31.1 x 34.9 cm.)

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    This is an exciting rediscovery, as this charming work has not appeared on the market in recent years and has not been touched since its sale from Hughes's estate in 1916. Although it is undated, its theme of the contrast between youth and age dates back to his Royal Academy exhibit of 1864 entitled Silver and Gold, which was sold at Christie's, London, on 25 October 1991, lot 50. Students of garden history will be interested by the planting depicted, the 'hoggin' path of beaten earth, and the rustic pergola, all elements of the Gertrude Jeykll inspired, 'Arts and Crafts' garden.

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    Hughes's estate in 1916.

    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Leonard Roberts for suggesting that the present lot is almost certainly The Visit , cited in his catalogue raisonné of the artist as no. 441. It was exhibited at the the Dunthorne exhibition, 1904, no. 42. The garden is the same as that depicted in Friends, also included in the Dunthorne exhibition, catalogue raisonné no. 444 and sold at Christie's 5 November 1997, lot 195.


    Leonard Roberts, Arthur Hughes: His Life and Works, Suffolk, p. 247, no. 496.


    London, Walker's Galleries, Memorial Exhibition of Some of the Works of the late Arthur Hughes, October 1916, no. 11 (15 gns).