I’ve been on a bit of a Pre-Raphaelite kick in my own personal art studies these days. What does that mean? Well! Mostly it means I track down a bunch of Youtube videos and listen to them while I work.
Recently, I found a BBC documentary series that ran back in 2013. Only a decade late!
And another, A Stroll Round Tate Britain. A wonderful little tour of some of the best works the PRB have to offer.
To say nothing of the fantastic, bite-sized video lectures of Smarthistory.
Following this 19th century rabbit trail reminded me of this artist spotlight that I originally wrote a number of years back. It seemed due for a timely revisit and an update!
Beginning in 1888, he served as a studio assistant to William Holman Hunt, a position he held until 1905.
Hunt, of course, being one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A study of his work is outside the scope of this article but here again is that fantastic Smarthistory playlist comprised of eighteen videos on a wide collection of works and PRB associated artists.
Throughout his lifetime Hughes earned many prestigious titles. He gained membership in the Art Workers Guild (also in 1888) and in 1891 he was elected to Associate Membership of The Royal Water Colour Society. Ultimately, he became the Vice-President of the Society.
He died in 1914, just before the outbreak of the Great War. According to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery curator, Victoria Osborne, Hughes was something of a “lost” artist.
After his death, Hughes “began to plummet into critical obscurity. He did not have a one-man show in his lifetime and his work was not seriously re-examined for more than 60 years.”