Friday, December 31, 2010
Arthur Hughes - The old Neighbour gone before: a Street Episode in Brittany
Price Realized £8,970
signed 'Arthur Hughes' (lower right) and signed and inscribed 'No 2. The Departure of a Neighbour/Brittany/Arthur Hughes/2 Finboro Road/Fulham Road/S.W.' on an old label on the reverse
oil on canvas
30½ x 44.5/8 in. (77.5 x 113.3 cm.)
Painted in 1878-79
L. Roberts, Arthur Hughes - His Life and Works, Woodbridge, 1997, no. 160 (illustrated p. 190).
London, Royal Academy, 1879, no. 1366.
The artist, in a letter to Ernest Chesneau dated 2 May 188, expresses gratitude for his proposed inclusion in Chesneau's forthcoming survey of important British artists, and he goes on to list the present work as amongst 'my chief pictures' (Roberts, op. cit., p. 285).