George Meredith

1 portrait of George Meredith

George Meredith, by Sir Charles Holroyd, circa 1905 - NPG 1981 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Meredith

by Sir Charles Holroyd
bronze medal, circa 1905
2 1/4 in. (57 mm) diameter
Given by the artist's widow, Lady Fanny Holroyd, 1923
Primary Collection
NPG 1981

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  • Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), Painter and Director of the National Gallery. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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This may be the medal of George Meredith exhibited by Charles Holroyd in 1902, when it was described as 'a very artistic likeness - tender and dignified'. Holroyd studied at the Slade School of Art under Legros (1880-4). His influence is evident in this small soft-textured bronze medal of the Victorian poet and novelist. Although better known for his etchings, Holroyd also began to practise as a medallist around 1900. Another cast of the medal in the Tate collection was exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1905. In this sympathetic portrait, the artist clearly delights in defining the structure of Meredith's face and modelling his gently curling hair.

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