Eleanor Hughes 1882-1959

Born in New Zealand to Cornish parents, Eleanor Hughes came to England to study in London and in 1907 she became a pupil of Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes at Newlyn, Cornwall. In 1910 she married fellow Newlyn painter Robert Hughes and they settled at Lamorna. In 1912 they designed and built to a house at Chyangweal near St.Buryan where they were to spend the rest of their lives. Eleanor owned a studio in the nearby Lamorna Valley. In 1911 she began to exhibit at the Royal Academy and later at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. In 1933 she was elected to full membership of the R.I. and by the time the Second World War broke out she had exhibited 34 works at the Royal Institute, 37 at the Royal Academy, seven at the New English Art Club, nine at the Glasgow Institute, six at the Walker Gallery and many more elsewhere – besides being an active organiser of the Newlyn and St.Ives exhibitions. In 1940 Eleanor Hughes sold her studio and few paintings were completed after that. She was close lifelong friends with Lamorna Birch and Dame Laura Knight.

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