Arthur Hughes (27 January 1832 – 22 December 1915), was an English painterand illustrator associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He is the uncle ofthe English painter Edward Robert Hughes.Hughes was born in London. His best-known paintings are April Love andThe Long Engagement, both of which depict troubled couples contemplating thetransience of love and beauty. They were inspired by John Everett Millaiss earlier"couple" paintings but place far greater emphasis on the pathos of human inabilityto maintain the freshness of youthful feeling in comparison to the regenerativepower of nature.Like Millais, Hughes also painted an Ophelia and illustrated Keatss poemThe Eve of St. Agnes. Hughess version of the latter is in the form of a seculartriptych, a technique he repeated for scenes from Shakespeares As You Like It.His works are noted for their magical, glowing colouring and delicatedraughtsmanship.Hughes was in close contact with the writer George MacDonald and illustrated someof his books as well as producing numerous illustrations for Norman MacLeodsmonthly magazine, Good Words.Hughes died in Kew Green, London, leaving about 700 known paintings anddrawings, along with over 750 book illustrations.