Frank Holl

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Frank Holl

75 artworks

Social Realist artist

Born 1845 - Died 1888

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Young Girl Carrying Water

Oil on canvas

50 x 34 cms | 19 1/2 x 13 1/4 ins

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley, United Kingdom


Peeling Potatoes

c. 1870

Oil on canvas

34 x 24 cms | 13 1/4 x 9 1/4 ins

William Morris Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Ordered to the Front


Oil on canvas

75 x 64 cms | 29 1/2 x 25 ins

The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall , United Kingdom



c. 1877

Oil on board

56 x 48 cms | 22 x 18 3/4 ins

Museum of the Home, London, United Kingdom


The Lord Gave and the Lord Taketh Away, Blessed Be the Name of the Lord


Oil on canvas

91 x 124 cms | 35 3/4 x 48 3/4 ins

Guildhall Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Faces in the Fire


Oil on canvas

46.5 x 67.5 cms | 18 1/4 x 26 1/2 ins

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom




Oil on canvas

34.3 x 44.5 cms | 13 1/2 x 17 1/2 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

'I am the resurrection and the life' (The Village Funeral)


Oil on canvas

116.8 x 162.6 cms | 45 3/4 x 64 ins

Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds, United Kingdom


Deserted – A Foundling


Oil on canvas

53.6 x 74.5 cms | 21 x 29 1/4 ins

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, Harrogate, United Kingdom


Her First Born, Horsham Churchyard

Funeral of the First Born


Oil on canvas

109.2 x 155.6 cms | 42 3/4 x 61 1/4 ins

Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Meadowside, United Kingdom

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Frank Holl
by Paul Ripley

Frank Holl originally painted genre pictures, sometimes addressing social evils of the day. These paintings include ‘The Deserter,’ and ‘Newgate-Committed For Trial’ the second being an effective though grim social document.

Holl then changed course, to become a leading painter of portraits. Famous sitters included Gladstone, Leverhume, and Joseph Chamberlain. He also painted a portrait of Millais, who remarked that Holl was a ‘nice man,’ but applied too much paint. The rather humble Holl was overawed by the great painter, and his ostentatious surroundings, rather to the surprise of the genial Millais.

He became ARA in 1878, and a full RA in 1882. Holl was an unassuming rather nervous character, and the move to portrait painting whilst successful financially, was disastrous for him personally, and was felt by his family to have contributed to his premature death.

Source: Victorian Art in Britain.