Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
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Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)

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Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
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signed 'ARTHUR HUGHES' (lower right)
oil on board
11 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (29 x 46 cm.)
J. Russell Buckler; (+) Christie's, 10 March 1906, lot 98 (15 gns. to Little).
with Christopher Wood, London, by 1978.
Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 19 May 1978, lot 177 (£600).
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, Belgravia, 1 April 1980, lot 36 (£450).
L. Roberts, Arthur Hughes, His Life and Works, 1997, no. 440, illus. p. 238.
London, Robert Dunthorne's Rembrandt Gallery, Pictures by Arthur Hughes, 1904, no. 41.
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Lot Essay

Throughout the last decades of the nineteenth century, Hughes made numerous holiday visits to Cornwall and painted, for his own pleasure, a series of small oil sketches of the unsophisticated rustic and sea- coast life he found there. Eighty of these oils were exhibited at the Fine Art Society in 1900, but a subsequent exhibition was held at the Rembrandt Gallery in 1904. Parallels can be drawn with the coast-scapes of James Clark Hook, and the similarly sized geological studies of John Brett.

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