Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)

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A poet whose work reflects the perplexity and religious doubt of mid-nineteenth century England. He was a friend of Matthew Arnold and the subject of Arnold's commemorative elegy 'Thyrsis'. In 1829, he entered Rugby school. Thomas Arnold had just taken over as headmaster of Rugby the year before, and Clough rapidly became one of his favourites. While at Oxford, Clough had intended to become a clergyman, but his increasing religious scepticism caused him to leave the university. He became Principal of University Hall, London, in 1849, Professor of English at University College, and later worked as a government education official. On a visit to Italy he contracted malaria and died at the age of 42.

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Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)






H 63.5 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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purchased, 1913

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