I discovered that Georgina Ball Hughes was an Instructor of Art at the South Kensington School in a reference for the Boston artist Nellie Louise Thompson (1861-1935). Nellie was a student of Georgina at the South Kensington School in London, probably in the 1880’s based on her 1861 birth date. The South Kensington School became the Royal College of Art (RCA) in 1896.
It was previously unknown that Georgina taught Art in London. We know that Georgina lived in Torrington Square in London in the 1870’s. She was a frequent visitor to London, living there for 23 years.
The South Kensington School shared a site with the South Kensington Museum that became the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899. The South Kensington School, in the South Kensington district in Central London, was about 3 miles from where Georgina lived in Torrington Square.
From the American Art Annual, Vol. 14, New York: The American Federation of Arts, 1918, p. 623:
From the Royal College of Art:
The South Kensington Schools used the "South Kensington" method of teaching art that is described in the Oxford University Archive Holdings article: Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art:
See the Wikipedia entry for Richard Burchett for more information about the "South Kensington System" and a criticism of it in the Oxford University Archive Holdings article: Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.
Prof. John Ruskin, of Oxford University, disliked the South Kensington system, believing that it crushed imagination. He started The Ruskin School of Drawing in 1871. Note that Georgina said that Prof. Ruskin "went out of his way to praise my work."
Georgina's student, Nellie Louise Thompson, returned to Boston and continued to paint. She exhibited at the Boston AC, 1887, 1896-1905, the Copley Gal., Boston, 1911 (solo), and PAFA Ann., 1921. Her painting: Mt St Michelle is for sale by Palm Beach Fine Art.
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