HUGHES, TED (1930-1998)
PORTRAIT BY PETER EDWARDS (b. 1955), oil on canvas, head and shoulder, profile facing left, head bowed, signed and inscribed by the artist on the stretcher ('Ted Hughes by Peter Edwards in Oswestry 1993 for the centenary of Wilfred Owen's birth'), framed, size of image 23 ½ x 23 ½ inches (60 x 60 cm), overall size 26 x 26 inches (66 x 66 cm)
'THE FINEST PORTRAIT IN OILS OF TED HUGHES, capturing his monumentality and powerful concentration' (Roy Davids).
WITH THE ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING, signed and inscribed by the artist on the recto ('Ted Hughes reading from the Wilfred Owen plaque 18th March 1993 Broadwalk Oswestry. Peter Edwards'), framed and glazed, size of image 11 x 8 inches (27.5 x 20 cm), overall size 16 ½ x 13 inches (42 x 33 cm), dated 18 March 1993
Peter Edwards was introduced and recommended to me by Ted Hughes and I have bought a number of portraits from him since. Aside from the original pencil drawing, Peter also took photographs at the time, and knew Ted personally (Roy Davids).
Several people have said of that Hughes's readings from Wilfred Owen on the occasion were the finest that they have ever heard ('...the mingling music of your voice - / like God auditioning for Man.' Roy Davids). Wilfred Owen was a poet Ted revered. The present portrait is a far more convincing image of Ted Hughes than the only portrait in oils of him in the National Portrait Gallery.
PROVENANCE: Peter Edwards.