T01925 WOODED LANDSCAPE c.1904–6
Inscribed ‘Charles Holroyd’ b.r. and in chalk on the reverse ‘Presented to the Warder's Messroom 1906’
Watercolour and pen on paper, 12 1/4×20 (31.1×50.8)
Presented by the artist 1906 and transferred from reference collection 1974
Lit: Studio, XXX, 1904, pp.1285–1292
This watercolour was presented to the Tate Gallery's Warder staff in 1906, the year Sir Charles Holroyd left the Tate to take up the Directorship of the National Gallery.
A torn label on the backboard is inscribed ‘No. 3, Ha [...?W]ood, Charles Holroyd’, but it has not been possible to ascertain where it was exhibited nor the precise location of the landscape. After 1900 Holroyd devoted more time to landscape than previously and is known to have sketched in places as far apart as Italy, the Lake District, The Isle of Wight (at Lord Tennyson's estate at Freshwater), the Medway valley and Surrey, where he lived. All these places feature among the landscape etchings Holroyd exhibited annually at the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers between 1900–1906. However, between 1904–06, the probable date of this watercolour, scenes of the Lake District predominate and include a number of studies of trees. ‘Wooded Landscape’ is very close to an undated watercolour ‘Study of Trees’, reproduced in colour in Studio, XXX, 1904, pl.285.
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978