by Georgina Ball Hughes, 1876
59 Torrington Square, London, W.C.
All images courtesy of Lefays.com
Closeup of Mia Bella
GBH Signature Monogram
Labels on back
Label 1 of 4
8 Gns paid for this picture
at Torrington Sq.
by Mr. Ralph
Label 2 of 4
Mia Bella 1876
By/ Georgina Ball Hughes
London. 59 Torrington Square. W.C.
Price-ten (10) guineas.
London W.C. stands for West Central London
Label 3 of 4
This picture is a gift to
Elizabeth Ralph from her
1st January 1880
Label 4 of 4
Georgina Ball Hughes
59 Torrington Square
From Lefays Fine Arts:
This portrait by Georgina Ball Hughes was discovered in England in 2008. It's the first example of her work that I've found so far. Mia Bella is usually translated from Italian to English as "my beautiful one."
From the labels on the back of this painting we learn that Georgina lived at 59 Torrington Square in London. This is a very nice area in Central London near the British Museum that has been inhabited by artists and writers.
We now know that she lived in London in 1876 as well as in 1870-71, when her Mother, Eliza Ball Hughes, visited with her. According to her obituary, Georgina lived much of her time in London. She was also quoted in article about Ball Hughes in the (Boston) Sunday Globe in March 1907 as saying she resided in London for 23 years.
Georgina reportedly lived at 5 Lyndhurst Rd., Hampsted in 1889 when she exhibited a painting at the Royal Academy. At some point she returned to Dorchester, Mass. and lived in the family home Sunnyside, that she had purchased at the urging of her mother in 1866, until she died in 1911.
The handwriting on the first two labels above is probably Georgina's as it's the same as the handwriting on the back of The English Gypsies that was painted by her Mother, Eliza, in London in 1870.
We also know for sure now that her name was spelled Georgina, and not Georgiana or Georgianna, as is recorded in some references.
Do you know more about the Mia Bella or know of other paintings by Georgina Ball Hughes? Is this portrait a copy of another painting?
last update 2/27/2012
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