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    Sale 7437

    Victorian and Traditonalist Pictures

    15 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    Edwin Hughes (fl.1872-1892)

    The Rivals

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    Edwin Hughes (fl.1872-1892)
    The Rivals
    signed 'Edwin Hughes' 1881 (lower left) and further inscibed 'THE RIVALS' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    42 x 29 in. (106.7 x 73.7 cm.)

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    Hughes enjoyed depicting rivals in courtship, and painted the subject, in different guises, several times. Here the two swains are contrasting character types. One, dressed for the hunt, embodies the active life: his rival, reading indoors, embodies the contemplative. They are competing for the hand of a girl not in her first youth: she is watering a pot of nerines, late-flowering autumn plants. Her dress is typical of that satirised by Gilbert and Sullivan in their comic opera, Patience, of 1881, being 'greenery yallery, Grosvenor Gallery'. Perhaps Hughes, and his audience, might have drawn further parallels with the libretto.

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    with W. W. Sampson and Sons.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, 6 May 1921, lot 111 (25 guineas to Mitchell).


    Possibly London, Royal Academy, 1882, no. 532. (as Listeners hear no good of themselves)