Arthur Hughes was born in London on January 27th 1830. He studied at the Somerset House School of Design, and at the Royal Academy. In 1850, he discovered the Pre-Raphaelites, and was much taken with their philosophy. He collaborated with Dante Gabriel Rossetti (a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite movement) on painting the "Oxford Union". Hughes' art exhibits a delicate sensitivity and a sense of poetic feeling.