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- Arthur Hughes 1832–1915
- Graphite on paper
- Image: 165 x 115 mm
- Presented by Leonard Roberts to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary 1997
This drawing is an early sketch for one of the panels (most probably the right-hand panel) in Hughes's 1856 triptych The Eve of St Agnes (Tate Gallery N04604). The painting is based on Keats's poem of the same name. The finished design for the right- hand panel shows the lovers Madeline and Porphyro escaping from the castle. The scene shown by Hughes in this drawing does not appear in Keats's poem, and was presumably discarded by the artist because it departed from the text.
Timothy Hilton, The Pre-Raphaelites, London 1970, pp.113-15
Leonard Roberts, introduction by Stephen Wildman, Arthur Hughes: His Life and Works, a Catalogue Raisonné, Woodbridge, Suffolk [to be published 1997]
Technique and condition
The drawing is a prelimary sketch for the painting The Eve of St Agnes (Tate Gallery N04604). It is executed in pencil on off-white wove paper.
The drawing is in good condition but with a fine coating of surface dirt and two small stains over the image. On acquisition the drawing was mounted in museum board and placed in a Solander box.
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