Sir Charles Holroyd 1861–1917

Artist biography

Sir Charles HOLROYD 1861–1917

Painter, etcher and sculptor. Born 9 April 1861 in Leeds. Studied engineering at Leeds, then from 1880 to 1884 at the Slade School under Legros, and after winning prizes taught there 1885–9; spent two years in Italy 1889–91 on a Travelling Scholarship. Began exhibiting etchings at the Society of Painter-Etchers and became Fellow 1885. Member of the Art Workers' Guild 1898 and Master 1905. After his marriage spent a further three years in Italy 1894–7. Exhibited at the R.A. 1885–95 and the International Society, mainly religious and historical subjects and portraits under strong Italian influence. Later confined himself mainly to landscape painting and etching. First Keeper of the Tate Gallery 1897–1906; Director of the National Gallery 1906–16. Knighted 1903. Died at Weybridge 17 November 1917. Author of Michel Angelo Buonarroti 1903 and various articles.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I