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Frank Holl

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English Social Realist artist

Born 1845 - Died 1888

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Did you ever kill anybody Father?

1883

Oil on canvas

127 x 101.6 cms | 50 x 40 ins

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Far Away Thoughts

Oil on Canvas

55.8 x 40.6 cms | 21 3/4 x 15 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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The Convalescent

1867

Oil on canvas

47 x 56.5 cms | 18 1/2 x 22 ins

Private collection, ,

Deserted

1874

Oil on canvas

92 x 136 cms | 36 x 53 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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The Song Of The Shirt

1874

Oil on canvas

48.3 x 66.3 cms | 19 x 26 ins

Private collection, ,

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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.