April Love

Arthur Hughes

1855-56

Oil on canvas

Arched top, 35 x 19 1/2 inches.

Tate Gallery, London

When Hughes exhibited April Love at the 1856 Royal Academy, he included the following quotation from Tennyson's "The Miller's Daughter":

Love is hurt with jar and fret,
Love is made a vague regret,
Eyes with idle tears are set,
Idle habit links us yet;
What is Love? For we forget.
Ah no, no.