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British painter Edward Robert Hughes lived and worked from 1874 to 1930. Although most of his work was in watercolours, he also created oil paintings. 

Hughes's paintings are highly regarded and he was a prominent member of the Art Workers' Guild from 1888. He served on the committee of the association for six years. In 1891 he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society and chose a mystical piece inspired by Christina Georgina Rossetti, Amor Mundi. He served as Vice-President of the Royal Watercolour Society from 1891 until his death in 1913.

In 1872, Hughes began to exhibit at the Royal Academy, and in 1873, he met Burne-Jones and the poet George MacDonald. In 1879 he also made his debut in the Grosvenor Gallery. From this point on, he became a well-known portrait painter of the upper classes in Britain. In 1881 he declared himself a specialist in portrait painting.

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