Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of ER Hughes
17 October 2015 – 21 February 2016
The first exhibition dedicated to this talented yet lesser-known Pre-Raphaelite artist.
Studio assistant to Holman-Hunt, model to Rossetti and the painter behind the 'blue pictures', ER Hughes was at the centre of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. While his paintings remain much-loved today, his name is mysteriously unknown.
Hughes created fantastical story-led work and would often experiment with ambitious techniques. But he was also a perfectionist, producing multiple studies for each of his paintings. This exhibition brings together a series of his most impressive works, many of which haven't been seen in the 100 years since his death.
Despite Hughes lack of prominence as an artist, several of his pictures have achieved iconic status and are reproduced worldwide. Among those on display are Night with her Train of Stars and Midsummer Eve.