Edward Hughes (British, 1832-1908)

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Edward Hughes (British, 1832-1908)

Portrait of a Young Lady

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed on a canvas fragment verso.
  • Painting - 58.5cm x 43cm
  • Frame - 67cm x 52cm


A very fine portrait of a young lady by Edward Hughes.  Signed on a canvas fragment verso.


In very fine condition.  The canvas reduced in size and laid onto board and with the original piece of canvas with the signature and date stuck to the back of the board.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

Edward Hughes was a British artist who specialised in portrait painting.  Edward Hughes was born in Pentonville, London, the son of the artist George Hughes. From an early age his artistic ability was recognised. In 1846 he entered the Royal Academy schools and a year later was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Society of Arts for a chalk drawing. Between 1847 and 1884 Hughes exhibited 36 paintings at the Royal Academy. He also worked as an illustrator, collaborating with George du Maurier in producing the images for the Wilkie Collins book Poor Miss Finch. About 1878 he moved more or less exclusively into portrait painting drawing praise from John Everett Millais for his representation of women.  Hughes received his first royal commission in 1895 which resulted in a full-length portrait of Queen Mary. This painting is exhibited in the vestibule of Buckingham Palace. He painted at least three portraits of Queen Alexandra and produced images of Louise, Princess Royal, Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, the Queen of Norway, the Duchess of Teck, the Prince of Wales (the future George V), his brother Prince Albert, and his sister Princess Mary. A number of his paintings remain in the Royal Collection.  Hughes, who married twice, died on the 14th May 1908 and is buried on the outside of the Circle of Lebanon in Highgate Cemetery.  His eldest daughter and biographer Alice Hughes became an important portrait photographer.