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Oil Painting - The Young Poet

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1935P38
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1849c - 1849c

Maker Information

Artist:Arthur Hughes - View biography for Arthur Hughes


Hughes would only have been seventeen years of age when he painted this unfinished portrait of himself as a young poet. He was converted to Pre-Raphaelitism at about this time and it shows him wearing the pseudo-medieval costume which appears in the early paintings of Millais and Hunt.

Although Hughes never displayed much gift for poetic writing, he was however very enthusiastic about 'The Germ', the Pre-Raphaelite journal which was circulated in the Royal Academy schools. This had impelled him to associate himself with the Pre-Raphaelite painters although he does not appear to have met them before 1852.

Presented by Mrs E Hughes, 1935.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas, arched top, retouched at a later date.
Material(s):Oil paint

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Height:635 mm
Width:914 mm