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James Holmes (1777-1860), Miniature painter

Artist associated with 23 portraits
Holmes was apprenticed to the engraver R.M. Meadows; he entered the Royal Academy schools in 1796. After his studies, Holmes turned his attention away from engraving and focused on painting portraits in watercolour. He spent some time in Worcester, painting portraits and teaching drawing, and he returned to London as a popular painting instructor. Holmes's miniatures gained in popularity to the point where he was able to give up teaching. He became a member of the Associated Artists in Water Colours and exhibited twenty-two works with them between 1808 and 1812. In 1824, he was a founder member of the Society of British Artists, of which he was president in 1829, and exhibited with them for nearly thirty years.

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D29211

George Fox

by James Holmes, after Gerrit van Honthorst
stipple engraving, published 1799
NPG D29211

D2365

George Fox

by James Holmes, after Gerrit van Honthorst
stipple engraving, published 1799
NPG D2365

D2366

George Fox

by James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1799
NPG D2366

D35195

Thomas Clio Rickman

by James Holmes, published by Thomas Clio Rickman, after John Hazlitt
stipple engraving, published February 1800
NPG D35195

D38387

Sir Henry Meux, 1st Bt

by William Giller, after James Holmes
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D38387

D37492

Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle

by Charles Turner, published by Charles Cutter, after James Holmes, after Peter Turnerelli
mezzotint, published 20 May 1809
NPG D37492

D9055

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

by Henry Meyer, after James Holmes
stipple engraving printed in colours, 1818
NPG D9055

D19968

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

by and published by Henry Meyer, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 8 November 1824
NPG D19968

D32522

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

by Robert Graves, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1828
NPG D32522

D8821

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

by Henry Thomas Ryall, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1835
NPG D8821

D33021

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

by W. Joseph Edwards, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, 1840s
NPG D33021

D34464

Thomas Milner Gibson

by William Holl Jr, published by Thomas Collins, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1842
NPG D34464

D7569

Sir Henry George Ward

by William Henry Mote, after James Holmes
stipple engraving, published 1842
NPG D7569

D3221

Charlotte Fanny (née Portman), Countess Poulett

by William Henry Mote, after James Holmes
line engraving, published 1848
NPG D3221

D21718

Charlotte Duncombe (née Legge), Lady Feversham

by Richard James Lane, after James Holmes
lithograph, 1849
NPG D21718

D22215

Charlotte Duncombe (née Legge), Lady Feversham

by Richard James Lane, after James Holmes
lithograph, 1849
NPG D22215

D36512

Sarah Sophia Child-Villiers (née Fane), Countess of Jersey

published by James Ryman, after James Holmes
lithograph, published 1 March 1854 (1834)
NPG D36512

D15703

Lady Hannah Althea Ellice (née Grey)

by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after James Holmes
stipple and line engraving, published circa 1800-1825
NPG D15703

D39773

Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon

by William Camden Edwards, published by George Virtue, after James Holmes
stipple and line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D39773

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