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Oil Painting - The Long Engagement - Amy

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1925P222
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1853 - 1859

Maker Information

Artist:Arthur Hughes - View biography for Arthur Hughes


This painting, also known as 'Amy,' appears to have been an oil study for the landscape in 'The Long Engagement' (1902P13). The subject matter is very similar although in this composition the man is absent. Here, the young woman, Amy, appears to be waiting for her lover. As she adjusts her hair in preparation for meeting him, her eye rests on her name carved in the bark of the tree. Hanging from the tree are branches of ivy, symbolising the passing of time, and suggesting that the couple have been meeting secretly over a long period.

Hughes used the shawl worn by Amy in his later painting 'April Love' (1855-56, oil on canvas, Tate, London).

Purchased, 1925.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on panel.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:192 mm
Width:325 mm