British, 1832 - 1915
Home From the Sea
Reworked in 1862-63.
A sailor boy has come back from the sea to find that his mother has died. With his sister he is mourning at her grave. Hughes began the picture in 1856, in the old churchyard at Chingford in Essex. At first the picture contained only the figure of the boy, and was entitled A Mother's Grave; later the sister was added, and the title was changed.
The model for the boy may have been Hughes' nephew, Edward Robert Hughes.
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