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Hughes, Myra Kathleen

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Biography: Born in Wexford into a wealthy military family, Myra Kathleen Hughes (1877-1918) was a painter and etcher. Her art studies included a period at the Royal College of Art in London where she was trained in the techniques of etching and engraving by one of the leading figures of the Etching Revival in Britain, Frank Short (1857–1945). She remained for the rest of her life in London. In 1911, Hughes was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, one of only thirty-five female associates from a total membership of two hundred and fifty-eight at the time. In addition to the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, Hughes exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Dudley Galleries in London and, from the 1890s, in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Watercolour Society of Ireland and the Dublin Sketching Club. Hughes' work comprised en plein air studies of nature and the built environment. Among her most popular works was a series entitled 'Vanishing London', comprising etchings of landmark buildings in London which she captured before their demolition. Hughes was an accomplished draughtsman and she was also distinguished as one of a few artists of the period that experimented with colour printing. The largest collection of her prints is found in the British Museum, London, but Trinity College Dublin has a series of five etchings depicting views in the grounds of the College.

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