Christina Rossetti and Arthur Hughes

4th September 2013


Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) originally met JE Millais and William Holman Hunt at the Royal Academy school  and, in 1850 he met DG Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown.  In 1857 Hughes helped William Morris, Edward Burne Jones and DG Rossetti to paint murals on the walls of Oxford Union.

The first edition of Christina Rossetti’s book, Goblin Market , (1862) and her follow-up publication, The Prince’s Progress (1866) were illustrated by one of her brothers, DG Rossetti.  When Christina Rossetti decided to publish Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book she chose to ask a different member of the PreRaphaelites to illustrate it.  Rossetti asked Arthur Hughes one of the leading illustrators of the day, to carry out the work.

A Hughes

From: Sing-Song by C Rossetti, illustrated by  A Hughes