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Sir Charles Holmes NEAC ARWS (1868-1936)

Sir Charles John Holmes, VPRWS NEAC (1868-1936)

As a painter and printmaker, Charles Holmes is best remembered for the strong forms and clear light of his landscapes and industrial scenes of the North of England. He was also central to the artistic life of Britain in the early twentieth century, as a publisher, editor, critic, historian, professor and museum director.

Charles Holmes was born in Preston, Lancashire, on 11 November 1868, the elder son of the Rev Charles Rivington Holmes, vicar of St Michael’s Church, Bromley-by-Bow, and his wife, Mary (née Dickson), the daughter of a Preston solicitor. He was the nephew of Sir Richard Rivington Holmes, the artist, curator, archaeologist and librarian at Windsor Castle. He was educated at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and then, from 1883, at Eton College. In 1887, he won a Classical Scholarship to Brasenose College, Oxford.

Mainly self-taught as an artist, Holmes produced the first of his industrial scenes in 1889.

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