Arthur Hughes (1832 – 1915)

Above: Eastside House, 22 Kew Green, Richmond, last home of Arthur Hughes.

From: The Pre-Raphaelites by Robert de la Sizeranne (1866 – 1932):

“…In 1850, while he was a third-year student at the Royal Academy, he discovered Pre-Raphaelitism by reading all four issues of The Germ, and was immediately enthused. He began painting according to Pre-Raphaelite principles. He was particularly interested in their desire to remain true to nature and their love of literature. Like them, he enjoyed the poems of John Keats and Tennyson, whose verses he later illustrated. He met Rossetti, Brown, Hunt and the sculptor Alexander Munro, and adopted their ideals. He also met the woman who would become his wife, Tryphena Foord…

In November 1855, he married Tryphena Foord at Holy Trinity Church in Maidstone, and they later had five children. She posed as a model for many of his paintings, including April Love in 1855-1856…It was purchased by William Morris, who then presented it to Edward Burne-Jones.

In 1855 Hughes began a career as an illustrator and worked with George MacDonald…

…In 1857, he collaborated with Burne-Jones, Rossetti, and Morris in painting the walls of the Oxford Union Library. The following year, he moved to London, then travelled to Italy in 1862. At various times in his life, Hughes held teaching posts at South Kensington Schools and the Working Men’s College. The last exhibition of his works while he was still living took place at the Royal Academy in 1908. He spent the last years of his life in isolation surviving on a Civil List Pension, and he died in Kew, not far from Central London. Hughes was never part of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, but was very close to all the members and embraced their principles quite early. Though timid and reserved, he was much appreciated by the Brothers and was one of their most faithful followers.”

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