A Midsummer Eve
Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) The Maas Gallery, London
About Edward Robert Hughes
- Midsummer Eve was Created in 1908
- Hughes was influenced by the Pre-Raphalite Brotherhood
- Built a career as a portrait painter to the upper classes
Hughes was part of the Aesthetic Movement, where artists considered nature as crude and lacking design when compared to art. Hughes was born in Clekenwell, London. During the 1860’s he lived with his uncle and his cousin Arthur Foord Hughes (famous artist). He was engaged to the daughter of the famous writer George McDonald in 1874. Sadly, she died four years later. He married Emily Davies in 1863, and they had no children. Hughes was remembered as an important member of the artistic community as he was a member of the Art Works Guild, elected to Associate Membership of the Royal Watercolour Society, One of his paintings, A Witch, was given by the Royal Watercolour Society to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra for their coronation. By 1913, they were living in Hertfordshire, and he died in 1914 from appedicitis surgery.
Begining in the 18th Century, William Blake (1757-1827); who believed in fairies, illustrated scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His characters included Oberon, Titania, Puck, and Fairies Dancing.
Tatiana Sleeping by Dadd from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED – IN OTHER WORDS THE ART WORK IS NOT MINE.)
According to Neil Phillip in The Little People, the most famous fairy artist is Richard Dadd, (1817-1886). Dadd drew his ideas from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.