Eleanor Hughes

Aotearoa New Zealand / England, b.1882, d.1959

A Westmorland Village

  • Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
  • Watercolour
  • 443 x 593mm
  • 69/577
  • c. 1909

Westmorland is near the Lake District of England. Between 1906 and 1910 Eleanor Hughes was based in Cornwall, but she also travelled extensively throughout England. She exhibited a number of Westmorland scenes at her 1910 exhibition at the Canterbury Society of Arts. Hughes is known for her watercolour landscapes, painted outdoors. This, and the choice of a rustic village scene, show the influence of the Newlyn School of artists whom she met when she was living in Cornwall. Hughes has used broad watercolour washes to capture the effects of light on the scene. Born in Christchurch (née Waymouth), Hughes studied at the Canterbury College School of Art. She left for England in 1905. In Newlyn she studied under Elizabeth (1859-1912) and Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947). Although they made trips back to New Zealand, Hughes and her artist husband, Robert, settled in Cornwall. Hughes exhibited at the Canterbury Society of Arts, the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters and Watercolours.

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