These two portraits are of great interest to Cheltenham, as the diaries of Mr Hughes which have recently been discovered and are now in the possession of a Cheltenham resident show he was an important figure in that town up to the date of his death in 1794.

He was Under-Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1772, and in 1783 built Assembly Rooms in the High Street. He was buried in the North aisle of St. Mary's Parish Church, Cheltenham.


Family descent until sale of Miss MSA Tanner in 1940; Harmer Brown of Shipston-on-Stour.

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

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