This is an early sketch for 'Orlando and Rosamund,' the composition which ultimately became 'The Long Engagement' (1902P13). The close intimacy of the couple, so prominent in the later painting, is already apparent in this sketch in which the two figures stand embracing each other in a confined space.

  • Presented by Leonard Roberts, 1994.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
- Arthur Hughes -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
no differ[en]ce / hardly
Inscription top right Handwritten 1855 c Pencil.


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Arthur Hughes: His Life and Works
Leonard Roberts 1997 Antique Collectors' Club No. 15.5, p.128; repr. p. 128


Sotheby's, 9 June 1994 (part of lot 210); bought by Leonard Roberts.

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