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Eleanor Mary Hughes. 1882-1959.

Continental.

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Mountain Scene with Distant Lake. c.1937. Watercolor. 10 5/8 x 14 1/2. Unobtrusive repaired pinholes. Bright, fresh color. Signed, lower right. $175.

Cornwall

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Apple Tree (Fruit Tree Overlooking Farm) (proof). c.1937. Etching. 9 1/8 x 7 13/16 (sheet 15 3/8 x 10 7/16). Printed on the full sheet of laid watermarked paper with deckle edges. Annotated 'proof' in the lower left corner. Stamped signature. $175.

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Avalon House, South Place, Penzance: view from the right. c.1937. Etching. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 (sheet 6 1/8 x 6 9/16)). Working proof with pencil additions along the roof line. Printed on wove, watermarked paper with deckle edges on three sides. One foxing spot in the left-hand roof. Tack holes in the margin from drying. Stamped signature. $100.

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Avalon House, South Place, Penzance: view from the left. c.1937. Etching and drypoint. Early proof, before the vertical lines on the white wall, left side and the right-hand roofs. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 (sheet 6 9/16 x 10 3/8). Printed on wove, watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $100.

Avalon House, South Place, Penzance: view from the left.c.1937. Etching. Proof with vertical lines on the white wall, left side, and the right-hand roofs. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 (sheet 6 9/16 x 10 3/8). Printed on wove, watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $100.

Avalon House, South Place, Penzance: view from the left. c.1937. Etching. Proof with vertical lines on the white wall, left side and hte right-hand roofs. 3 5/8 x 4 11/16 (sheet 6 9/16 x 10 3/8). Proof with more plate tone. Printed on wove, watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $100.

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Chimney Tops. c.1937. Etching. 7 3/4 x 6 15/16 (sheet 13 3/4 x 9 3/4). Printed on the full sheet of laid, watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Cornish Elms. c. 1936. Etching. 5 3/8 x 5 3/4(sheet 7 7/8 x 10 1/4). Trial proof. A rich impression printed in cream laid paper. Annotated 'trial proof' in pencil. Stamped signature. $175.

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Cottage -- front view. c.1937. Etching. 3 5/8 x 3 3/8 (sheet 5 1/16 x 5 1/8). Printed on cream-colored laid paper with a partial watermark. A fine impression. Stamped signature. $75.

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Cottage -- front view. c.1937. Etching. 3 5/8 x 3 3/8 (etching sheet 13/16 x 4 5/8; calendar sheet 9 x 7 1/8). The etching is hinged onto a backing board. A sheet of parchment paper is the front mount; a 1937 calendar is affixed to the parchment paper. An orange ribbon, tied in a bow, holds the front and back mount together. Stamped signature. $175.

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Cottage -- side view. c.1937. Etching. 3 1/2 x 4 3/16 (sheet 4 5/8 x 6 1/16). Printed on cream wove paper with deckle edges on three sides. Stamped signature. $75.

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Cottage and Barn. Etching. 4 11/16 x 3 5/8 (sheet 10 1/2 x 7 1/4). Printed on the full sheet of laid watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $100.

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Cottage and Stone Wall. c.1937. Etching. 6 15/16 x 8 7/8 (sheet 9 1/4 x 12 9/16). Printed on laid, watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Cottage With Trees. c.1937. Linoleum cut. 7 1/8 x 8 1/8 (sheet 10 x 15 3/8). Printed on Japanese mulberry paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. The artist's linoleum cuts are extremely rare. $300.

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Deserted Tin Mine. c.1937. Etching and drypoint. 6 15/16 x 9 7/8 (sheet 9 x 12 3/8). Printed in the full sheet of 'FJ Head & CO' laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $200.

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Farmhouse with Fields. c.1937. Etching. 1 11/16x 2 3/4 (sheet 7 3/4 x 6 1/8). Printed on the full sheet of pale cream-colored wove paper with deckle edges. A rich impression in excellent condition. Stamped signature. $100.

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Farmyard from the Stone Wall. c.1937. Etching. 6 x 7 7/8 (sheet 9 3/16 x 12 11/16). Printed on the full sheet of watermarked laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Folly Seen Through the Pine Trees. c.1937. Etching. 3 1/4 x 3 7/16 (sheet 9 1/4 x 6 13/16). Printed on laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $100.

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Four Sycamores: Farm in the Distance. c.1937. Etching. Second state. 5 15/16 x 3 11/16 (sheet 8 1/2 x 8 9/16). A rich impression on cream-colored wove paper with deckle edges on two sides. Stamped signature. $100.

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Four Sycamores: Farm in the Distance. Etching with 1939 calendar affixed to the sheet (12 7/8 x 8 3/4). Stamped signature. $175.

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From Below the Farm. c.1937. Soft-ground etching. 6 13/16 x 4 15/16 (sheet 9 1/4 x 6 5/8). Printed on 'Imitation Steinbach' laid paper. The artist's soft ground etchings are very rare. A frine printing with tonal wiping. Stamped signature. $150.

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Mill Wheel with Sycamore. c.1937. Etching. 7 7/8 x 5 15/16 (sheet 11 7/16 x 9 1/8). Printed on the full sheet of laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $150.

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Old Watermill. c.1937. Etching. 2 5/8 x 3 7/16 (sheet 3 1/4 x 4 3/8). Three working proofs, printed on cream wove paper. Stamped signature verso. $300 for the set of three:

a. Before the addition of the tree on the left; hint of conte crayon to suggest smoke over the roof, and faint outlines of another tree between the two on the right.

b. Before the addition of the tree on the left; conte crayon over the crees and roof on the left, and faint outlines of another tree branch between the two trees on the right.

c. With the addition of the tree on the left; conte crayon outlines of another tree between the two on the right.

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Old Watermill. c.1937. Etching. 2 5/8 x 3 7/16 (sheet 9 3/16 x 6 7/8). Final state with the addition of the tree on the left and an additional branch on the next tree to the right. Printed on the full sheet of pale cream-colored wove paper with deckle edges. Tied to a separate support board with a brown ribbone tied in a bow. Preparatory for a calendar. Stamped signature. $125.

Old Watermill. c.1937. Etching. 2 5/8 x 3 7/16 (sheet 9 1/4 x 6 7/8). Final state with the addition of the tree on the left and an additional branch on the next tree to the right. A 1938 calendar is affixed to the etching sheet. Printed on the full sheet of pale cream-colored wove paper with deckle edges. Tied to a separate support board with a brown ribbon tied in a bow. Stamped signature. $175.

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Pendant Branches. Etching. 9 7/8 x 7 13/16 (sheet 15 1/2 x 10 5/8). Printed on the full sheet of laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $200.

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Penzance Church from the Harbour over Dry Dock. c.1937. Etching. 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 (sheet 12 1/2 x 9 1/4). Printed on the full sheet of cream laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Pollarded Trees. c.1937. Pencil study for the etching. 5 x 4 3/8 (sheet 6 3/4 x 6 3/8). Drawn on cream wove paper of the verso of the etching. $125

Pollarded Trees. c.1937. Etching. 5 x 4 3/8 (sheet 6 3/4 x 6 3/8). Printed on wove paper with deckle edges on two sides; a corner of the paper missing, outside the image. Stamped signature. $125.

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Pollarded Trees. c.1937. Etching. 5 x 4 3/8 (sheet 6 3/4 x 6 3/8). Printed on cream wove paper in black ink. Working proof touched with white watercolour. Stamped signature. $125.

Pollarded Trees. c.1937. Etching. 5 x 4 3/8 (sheet 9 7/84 x 7 5/8). Printed on cream wove paper. Printed on the full sheet of cream wove paper, with deckle edges. Tack holes in the margins from drying. A richly inked impression is brown/black ink. Stamped signature. $125.

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Quarry. c.1937. Etching and drypoint. 6 3/4 x 7 3/4 (sheet 9 1/8 x 12 1/2). Printed on the full sheet of pale cream-colored laid paper with an "F.G. Head & Co." watermark. A rich impression in excellent condition, on the full sheet with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Rock Faces. c.1937. Etching. 10 7/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 16 x 11 5/8). Printed on the full sheet of cream laid paper with deckle edges. Pencil signature. $150.

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Rookery. Etching with 1939 calendar affixed to the sheet 3 3/8 x 4 7/8 (sheet 10 7/8 x 8 3/4). Stamped signature. $175.

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St. Michael's Mount from the Coast. c.1937. Watercolor. 10 3/4 x 14 7/8. Impressed studio stamp, lower left. An evocative tonal study. Good condition. $250.

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St. Michael's Mount. Etching. 5 15/16 x 7 13/16 (sheet 9 1/8 x 12 3/8). Printed on the full sheet of laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $200.

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Sycamore and Rooftops. c.1937. Etching. 7 7/8 x 5 3/4 (sheet 12 5/8 x 9 1/16). A rich impression on "England" watermarked pale cream-colored laid paper. Printed on the full sheet with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Tall Trees. c.1937. Etching. 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 (sheet 13 7/16 x 9 7/8). Printed on the full sheet of cream-colored laid paper with deckle edges on three sides. Stamped signature. $175.

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Three Trees. c.1937. Etching. 4 15/16 x 5 7/8 (sheet 6 1/4 x 10 3/8). Printed on wove paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Trees Overlooking the Cliffs. c.1937. Etching. 4 5/8 x 5 7/16 (sheet 6 1/8 x 9 5/8). Printed on laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Trees Overlooking the Town. Etching. 7 13/16 x 10 7/16 (sheet 10 1/8 x 15 1/2). Printed on the full sheet of laid, watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature, annotated "proof" in pencil. $200.

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Trees With Two Birds. c.1937. Etching. 5 15/16 x 6 15/16 (sheet 9 1/16 x 11 7/16). Printed on the full sheet of laid watermarked paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Trewoofe: Old Doorway. 1909. Etching. 2 3/4 x 3 3/8 (sheet 4 3/4 x 5 11/16). Card. Stamped signature. $100.

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Windblown Trees. c.1937. Etching. 3 x 5 3/8 (sheet 5 9/16 x 10 1/4). Printed on wove paper. Stamped signature. $100.

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Wood Above the House. Etching. 6 3/4 x 4 7/8 (sheet 9 7/8 x 7 5/8). Printed on laid paper with deckle edges. A extremely rich impression. Annotated verso by the artist, 'Inst[ructions] - put heavy French transport g[round] or 1/2 & 1/2 ground by Blind". Stamped signature. $175.

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Woodland Farmyard. Etching and drypoint. c.1937. First state, before additional drypoint on the buildings and trees. 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 (sheet 12 5/8 x 9 11/16). Printed on the full sheet of "Arc[hes]" laid paper with deckle edges. Stamped signature. $175.

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Eleanor Hughes is best known as a leading painter of the Newlyn School of artists. She has remained largely unknown as an etcher until the recent discovery of her estate. Born in New Zealand to Cornish parents, she came to England to study in London. In 1907, she became a pupil of Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes at Newlyn, Cornwall. In 1910 she married a fellow Newlyn painter, Robert Hughes, and they settled at Lamorna. In 1912, they designed and built a house at Chyangweal near St.Buryan, where they were to spend the rest of their lives. Eleanor owned a studio in the Lamorna Valley, about a mile from the house. There she worked and kept her etchings.

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. By the time World War II broke out, she had exhibited 34 works at the Royal Institute, 37 at the Royal Academy, 7 at the New English Art Club, 9 at the Glasgow Institute, 6 at the Walker Gallery, as well as at other locations. In addition, she was an active organizer of the Newlyn and St. Ives exhibitions.

In the late 1930s, she took up etching. She maintained a studio in the Lamorna valley, where she etched local stone buildings at Trewoofe and Boleigh Farm,as well as the surrounding trees, especially the Cornish elms. She also etched several plates abroad in the Alps and the Pyrenees. In 1940 she sold her studio and essentially ceased painting and etching. She is to be the subject of a major biography and a large retrospective exhibition in her native country of New Zealand.

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