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Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), Painter and Director of the National Gallery

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 3 portraits
Sir Charles Holroyd initially studied engineering at Leeds, then from 1880 to 1884 moved to London to study art at the Slade School under Legros. He began exhibiting etchings at the Society of Painter-Etchers and became a Fellow of the society in 1885. Holroyd exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885 until 1895, mainly religious and historical subjects and portraits. Later he confined himself primarily to landscape painting and etching. He was the first Keeper of the Tate Gallery (1897-1906) and served as Director of the National Gallery (1906-16).

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Sandford Arthur Strong

by Sir Charles Holroyd
pencil, 1904
NPG 3633


George Meredith

by Sir Charles Holroyd
bronze medal, circa 1905
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1981


Alphonse Legros

by Sir Charles Holroyd
etching, exhibited 1905
NPG D18053