Friends of Hastings Cemetery
DG B116 – Arthur Foord Hughes
He was born in Pimlico, London in 1856, son of artist Arthur Hughes (1832-
Hastings and St Leonards Observer -
Death of Mr A Foord Hughes
STUDENT OF WINDMILLS. Sussex art circles have suffered a severe loss by the death of Mr. Arthur Foord Hughes, which occurred in a Hastings nursing home last Friday, at the age of 77. He had been in failing health for some time. Mr. Hughes's delicate watercolours were well known locally. He painted practically everv windmill in Sussex, and it was one of his sorrows that these picturesque landmarks were fast disappearing from the face of the countryside.
Within few weeks of his birth in London October 9th. 1856. he sat as an unconscious model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti, though his career almost came to an untimely end soon afterwards when Ruskin prepared to seat himself on the couch where the infant lay!
His father was the painter of important works to seen in the Tate Gallery and collections at Birmingham, Bournemouth and Oxford, and was also the original illustrator of "Tom Brown's School Days," for which young Hughes sat, rather reluctantly it is said, as the model of the boy hero.
ACADEMY DISTINCTION. But although he probably resented these temporary curtailments of liberty, the boy made up his mind at an early age to concentrate art as a career. After leaving King's College School, he pursued his artistic education at Heatherleys, the Slade and finally the Royal Academy, where in he gained the silver medal for the best drawing.
His love of Sussex was deeply rooted and for some years he lived in a delightful cottage at Pett, touring the whole county in search of scenes worthy of his brush. Later on he moved with his wife to home of the late Harry Furniss at High Wickham, overlooking Old Hastings. He published a book on Sussex windmills, containing a wealth of interesting information and copiously illustrated with his charming water-
AN APPRECIATION Mr. Gidley Robinson writes:—With the passing of Arthur Foord Hushes, who died at Hastings on July 20th, in his 78th year, one of the last links of this generation with the Pre-
Some twenty of the windmill water-
A Personal Reminiscence. ... We were near neighbours for many years, and our intimate acquaintance came about through finding out that I had known that great writer, poet and preacher, George Mac Donald, when he was living in the town. Further that I was connected with Felix Slade, founder of the Slade School, of which he had been a distinguished pupil when the principal was Sir Edwin Poynter. His father illustrated some books for his friend, George Mac Donald, who took a great interest in the son of his friend, and the lad spent a good deal of his time with his children and was educated with them. As a young man he also came under the influence of that celebrated genius, Holman Hunt, painter, among other works, of "The Light of the World."
In 1929 Arthur Foord Hughes and I were on the local Centenary Committee of Gabriel Rossetti, who was married at St. Clement's Church, Hastings, to Elizabeth in May, 1860.
The love of nature as depicted in the paintings of my artistic friend was equally mine. Neither of us were modernists in art, and greatly deplored its present decadence shown in the work of the futurists. The town has had great past in the world of art and literature such noted men and women residing in it, or as visitors, such George Mac Donald, Millais, Holman-