This limerick on DGR's close friend and PRB associate Arthur Hughes may have been composed fairly early, in the 1850s when he was beginning to be known and was described (in 1854) as “a great artist though a young one” (see
Fredeman, Correspondence, 54. 51
). He was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856.
A general commentary on DGR's limericks and their context is available.