The Hughes’ oil on canvas in original frame measures 30″ x 35″ approx. and is in good condition. This work was painted by Hughes at the request of Alice Boyd of Penkill Castle, Scotland while Hughes was resident at Penkill. Hughes styled this work of Scott (at the age of 21) from a much earlier painting by Bell Scott’s brother David.
Alice cared for Bell Scott in his final days and is buried with Scott at the Old Dailly Cemetery at the foot of Penkill Castle. The work hung from its completion until Penkill’s sale in 1994. Hughes painting of Scott can be seen hanging over the breakfront in a photograph supplied by a former- Penkill Castle owner
The Arthur Hughes oil of William Bell Scott (Lo n d o n / Penkill Castle based Scottish associate of Rossetti and other Pre Raphaelites.
The Hughes Picture hanging in Penkill Castle
The picture below shows Alexander Munro’s medallion which measures 22.5 inches diagonally and is on metal with wood surround frame. It is original and also from Penkill Castle. Scott modelled for this work in Munro’s London Studio in the presence of John Millais. This was the occasion when Millais made his famous remark regarding “spots on the sun” etc. This work bears Munro’s signature mark and was done in 1853. The event is documented in William Bell Scott’s “Autobiographical Notes”, 1892 edition. Vol. One, page 307.
These two items are of great interest to lovers of Pre-Raphealite Art and the best examples of the period to have come up at the Rye Galleries.
“Rye’s Own” September 2005
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