10 June 2003
Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
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).
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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.
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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