Born in Kent and educated at Sevenoaks, he trained at Lambeth School of Art (where he was influenced by Buxton Knight) and the South London Technical Art School.
Hughes came first to Lamorna in 1905 with Charles Crimbie (popular illustrator), and became a friend of Lamorna BIRCH. He returned to Kent but came back to Lamorna in 1909, to attend Forbes School with Frank Gascoigne HEATH and Eleanor W WAYMOUTH. In 1910 he married fellow student Eleanor Waymouth at the Church at St Buryan, and they built their own home, Chyangwheal, between the Lamorna Valley and Boleigh Farm, where they remained together for the rest of their lives.
The St Ives Times reported his work extensively during the 1924 Show Day, his principal picture being the original study for a picture of the rhododendron dell at Kew Gardens, painted for Her Majesty, Queen Mary. This depicted a winding path through great masses of bushes of colour: 'Mr Hughes was commissioned to paint no less than eight pictures for Her Majesty...He also showed three oils, intended for the RA, one an evening effect in summer over St Ives Bay, the chief feature of which is the contrast of the patch of warm sand, on which the sun is concentrated with the intense blue of the sea and the greys of the sky.'
Their close friends were the Birch family, the Leaders, the Napers, the Heaths, the Simpsons, and all of the talented, friendly crowd around the Lamorna Valley.
Landscape and coastal painter
works and access
Works include: Ding Dong, Moonlight (1913); The Merry Maidens; Cornish Engine Houses; Across the Bay and Summer Evening (1921); Summer Landscape, with distant view of St Buryan church; A Mountain Valley and A Gentle Day (1928); From the Top of the Hill (1937); Boscastle and Cliffs (1937); Boscastle (1937); The Cliffs near Land's End; West Penwith Landscape
Access to works: Penlee House, Penzance (NAG col); Leeds; Royal Collections
RA (21) 1910-1938
NEAC International Society
NAG 1912, first gallery sale March 1914, Revival Exhibition September 1920, September, Summer 1921, December 1924, Spring and December, Spring 1926, July and December 1926, Summer 1928, March 1931, July 1932, July 1937
Lanham's March 1924 (including an original study of one of 8 pictures commisioned for Her Maj Queen Mary, and 3 oils for the RA)
Branfield Ella and Charles Naper: Art and Life at Lamorna
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Fox (1985) Painting in Newlyn
Green (2002) Posing the Model
Hardie (1995)100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p216, col pl Below Carn Barges)
Holmes (1993) Artistic Tradition
NAG Sales records (repr Hardie 2009)
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership p81 (2 paintings), p114
Pyms (1984) Exhibition catalogue
Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960);
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash
Wallace (2002) Under the Open Sky
Wormleighton (1995) A Painter Laureate