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Bust of Ball Hughes Father

Ball Hughes exhibited this portrait bust of his father at the Royal Academy in London in 1822.

Bust of Ball Hughes Father
mage courtesy of Frederick R. Brown III


    Robert Ball Hughes was about 18 years old when he exhibited this neo-classical bust of his father, John Hallett Hughes (1773-1824), at the Royal Academy in London in 1822.

    This is the earliest example of Ball Hughes artwork that has been located by David Brown to date.  According to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, this plaster and paint sculpture is about 24 7/16" x 14 9/16" x 11 1/4".

    Craven reported in Sculpture in America, Newark:University of Delaware Press, 1968 & 1984, p. 70, that the bust is at the Boston Athenæum.

    David B. Dearinger of the Boston Athenæum reported that Hughes’s bust of his father was given to the Athenæum by George E. Brown in 1920.

    The Smithsonian Institution Catalog of American Portraits online SIRIS listing for John Hallett Hughes by Robert Ball Hughes shows an incorrect date of work as c. 1836.


last update 3/27/2013

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