Details: This poster is of Midsummer Eve, by Edward Robert Hughes. It shows a woman standing in a clearing, wearing a wreath of flowers in her hair. Surrounding her in a circle at her feet are tiny fairies, many of whom have lights. They are in celebration as she gazes down at them.
Edward Robert Hughes (1851 ¿ 1914) is a well known English painter who worked in a style influenced by Pre-Raphaelitism and Aestheticism. Some of his best known works are Midsummer Eve and Night With Her Train of Stars. Hughes was the nephew of Arthur Hughes. He often used watercolour/gouache. He was elected ARWS in 1891 and chose as his diploma work for election to full membership a mystical piece inspired by a verse by Christina Rossetti's Amor Mundi . Technically Hughes experimented with ambitious techniques. He was a perfectionist who did numerous studies which in their own right turned out to be good enough for exhibition. He was also an assistant to the elderly William Holman Hunt.
This poster is usually printed with a thin white edge border.