This watercolour is in generally good condition. The watercolour pigments have been well preserved. In the sky the sheet has yellow a little with time, this is particularly noticeable in the clouds. Just to the right of the centre there is a vertical line, which may be a skilfully repaired tear, or simply a fold in the paper. The work is laid down onto a museum quality material. It is mounted but not framed.
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M. Postle, 'Home from Sea: The Preliminary Landscape Study' Apollo, vol. 136, no. 368, February 1992, p. 251-255;
J. Treuherz, 'Review of Arthur Hughes, His Life and Works, A catalogue raisonné by Leonard Roberts' The Burlington Magazine, vol. 141, no. 1154, May 1999, p. 296
This finely finished watercolour dates to 1856 and is the most complete surviving preliminary study for Arthur Hughes’s important early painting: Home from Sea, a work that he painted between 1856 and 1862, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1863 and which is now housed at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The watercolour depicts the parish church of All Saints at Chingford in Essex. Painted on the spot and in meticulous detail, the work illustrates Hughes’s early adherence to the techniques of Pre-Raphaelitism.