786
786

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION

Edward Hughes
BRITISH
AN ENGLISH ARTIST COLLECTING COSTUMES IN BRITTANY
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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786

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION

Edward Hughes
BRITISH
AN ENGLISH ARTIST COLLECTING COSTUMES IN BRITTANY
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York

Edward Hughes
1832 - 1908
BRITISH
AN ENGLISH ARTIST COLLECTING COSTUMES IN BRITTANY
signed Edward Hughes and dated 1862. (lower left) 
oil on canvas 
34 by 48 1/4 in.
86.4 by 122.6 cm
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Provenance

Schillay & Rehs, Inc., New York (according to a label on the reverse) 
Sale: Christie's, New York, May 6, 1999, lot 96, illustrated 
Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

London, Royal Academy, 1862, no. 561 

Literature

The Art Journal, 1862
Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1906, vol. II, p. 184 
Pamela Gerrish Nunn, "A Woman Abroad: Emma Brownlow in Brittany," Women, Femininity and Public Space in European Visual Culture 1789-1914, Farnham, 2014, p. 89

Catalogue Note

The present work depicts a market scene in Brittany, where an English artist, pictured here with a black purse, is collecting clothing from the local townspeople. Given the nineteenth-century infatuation with Brittany and its culture, untouched by major modernization of the era, it is credible that artists would have sought to acquire real contemporary clothing from that region to study in order to give their scenes of Brittany an air of authenticity. It was a common custom for artists to obtain used clothing by exchange. 

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York