Arthur Hughes A Catalogue Raisonné
Antique Collectors' Club
Size: 279 mm x 216 mm
Illustrations: 100 colour, 250 b&w
- A Catalogue Raisonné compiled by Leonard Roberts
- with a Biographical Introduction by Stephen Wildman
Until now Arthur Hughes has, with some justification, been called the unknown Pre-Raphaelite.
In spite of his close artistic and social connections with, among others, Rossetti, Madox Brown, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, William Morris, Tennyson and Lewis Carroll, and although his work can be seen in major collections throughout the world, he has been considered an elusive figure in the history of British art. This Catalogue Raisonné, the first book solely devoted to Hughes' life and works, aims to redress the balance and put him firmly on the map. It shows him to have been an immensely likeable and modest man, with a wide circle of friends and an extremely happy family life. More to the point, it also shows him to have been among the foremost painters of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. As a good figure painter, especially of children, and a talented colourist, he was sensitive to the aims of the Brotherhood and a leading exponent of their technical practices.
Over 80 when he died in the early years of the 20th century, Hughes' wide range of subject matter and output, both as painter and book illustrator, would be difficult to match. So it is not surprising that the popularity of his better known paintings and the enormous prices realised for them on the rare occasions when they appear for sale, have whetted the appetite for a work of this nature.
Stephen Wildman's authoritative biography, and Leonard Roberts' scholarly research documenting each of Hughes' known paintings and illustrations from widely scattered source material, including Hughes' own delightful and prolific letters, make this important publication the standard reference work on an artist who at last receives the attention he has long deserved. The book is generously illustrated with over 250 black and white and 110 colour plates.
At the end of the 20th century books such as this are rarely published; when they are, one can only applaud the contribution they make to the better appreciation and understanding of art history.