Lilian Holt

1898–1983

Lilian Holt, ‘Tajo, Ronda’ 1956
Tajo, Ronda 1956
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Lilian Holt (1898-1983) was a British artist, also known by her married name, Bomberg. Holt studied at Putney Art School and the Regent Street Polytechnic. She was a founding member of the Borough Group. Her dedication to her partner and family limited her career and opportunities as an artist.

Her first marriage, to a London art dealer, and the birth of her daughter Dinora Mendelson, limited her opportunities to paint during the 1920s but she studied the work of Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein, Jacob Kramer, and David Bomberg during this time. She married David Bomberg after visiting him in Spain in 1929. Holt did not resume painting until 1945, focusing instead on supporting Bomberg's career. While Bomberg was teaching at the Borough Polytechnic Institute, Holt was a founding member of the Borough Group, a collective of painters influenced by Bomberg, and participated in group exhibitions. Holt and Bomberg moved to Ronda, Spain from 1954–57, before returning to England due to Bomberg's failing health. After Bomberg's death, Holt focused on her own work, traveling to Mexico, Basutoland, Andalusia, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Turkey, and Iceland to paint, as well as continuing to promote Bomberg's legacy.

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