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Oil Painting - The Lost Child

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1926P3
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1866c - 1866c

Maker Information

Artist:Arthur Hughes - View biography for Arthur Hughes


This is a smaller version of a painting known as 'L'Enfant Perdu' which once belonged to Evelyn Waugh (sold Chrisite's 21 June 1985 lot. 82). In correspondance with the Art Gallery, Waugh suggests that the Birmingham painting might be an earlier study for his picture. His version differed in several resepects including the addition of the figure of a woman on the far left. In 1955 Waugh and his children made a special expedition to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. He wrote of the visit in his diary noting that they were taken 'to the cellarage where, in the manner of modern museums, gems were hidden' ('Evelyn Waugh: A Pioneer Collector,' Connoisseur, vol. 28, September 1981).

Presented by Mr and Mrs Cotterill Deykin in memory of their son Llewyllyn, Art Assistant at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (1923-25), 1926.

Further Information

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

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Height:525 mm
Width:350 mm