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Sir Charles John Holmes (1868-1936), Painter and critic; Director successively of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
In the 1890s Holmes was a prolific etcher, influenced by Charles Ricketts. He was the second editor of the Burlington (1903-1909) and Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford (1904-1910). As editor he initiated the Burlington's tradition of campaigning editorials on political issues in the art world. In 1909 he succeeded Lionel Cust as Director of the National Portrait Gallery. In the 19th century tradition he was a member of a dynasty of artist-bureaucrats, and was the last Director of the National Gallery (1916-1928) to combine the post with an active life as a painter of landscapes in watercolour and oil. He was knighted in 1921.

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Sir Charles John Holmes

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, before 1926
NPG 3307


Sir Charles John Holmes

by George Herbert Buckingham Holland
oil on canvas, 1934
NPG 3549


Sir Charles John Holmes

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39189


Sir Charles John Holmes

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print on cream mount, 1920s
NPG x18541