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Online Lecture: Edward Robert Hughes and William Holman Hunt: 'Nearer to him than his right hand'

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B3 3DH

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Online Lecture: Edward Robert Hughes and William Holman Hunt: 'Nearer to him than his right hand'

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This online lecture looks at William Holman Hunt and his Pre-Raphaelite 'son in art' Edward Robert Hughes.

Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) painted one of the most popular pictures in Birmingham's collection, Night with her Train of Stars. Much less well known is that for at least 17 years, from around 1888, Hughes was studio assistant to the veteran artist William Holman Hunt, one of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

When Hunt progressively lost his sight to glaucoma, Hughes worked with him to complete some of his most famous paintings and became more than just an assistant: Hunt privately called him his 'dear Right Hand'.

In this online lecture Victoria Osborne explores the lifelong friendship between these two artists: a story of hero-worship, secrecy and tabloid doorstepping.

Victoria Osborne is Curator (Fine Art) at Birmingham Museums Trust and curated the 2015 exhibition Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes.

This online lecture will be delivered via Zoom. Once you have signed up to the lecture, a unique invite will be sent for an online Zoom webinar, along with instructions of how to log on.

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