James Holman

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James Holman, by Maull & Polyblank, circa 1855 - NPG P106(11) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Holman

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, circa 1855
7 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (200 mm x 146 mm)
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG P106(11)


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  • James Holman (1786-1857), Blind traveller. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Holman resisted pity, and declined to draw attention to his blindness by wearing a dark band around his eyes. Photographed here for Maull and Polyblank's The Literary and Scientific Portrait Club, the ageing Holman holds his cane, which he used to navigate by measuring echoes from its taps.

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