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James Holman

(1786-1857), Blind traveller

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 5 portraits
Holman's promising career in the Navy was curtailed at the age of twenty-four due to ill health that would affect his joints and eyesight. Invalided out of the Navy, he became completely blind soon afterwards. Determined to remain active and independent, he went on to make a number of voyages that would have been ambitious, even for a sighted traveller, at the time. He embarked on a Grand Tour, visiting many European countries, then decided to circuit the world from West to East. However this journey was cut short when he was imprisoned as a spy in Siberia. He subsequently travelled to Africa, Asia, Australasia and America. In 1834-5 he published an account of his achievements, A Voyage Round the World.

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James Holman, by Maull & Polyblank - NPG P106(11)

James Holman

by Maull & Polyblank
albumen print, arched top, circa 1855
NPG P106(11)

James Holman, by Maxim Gauci, printed by  Graf & Soret, published by  Andrews & Co - NPG D35925

James Holman

by Maxim Gauci, printed by Graf & Soret, published by Andrews & Co
lithograph, circa 1830s
NPG D35925

James Holman, by John Richardson Jackson, after  John Prescott Knight - NPG D35926

James Holman

by John Richardson Jackson, after John Prescott Knight
mezzotint, 1849
NPG D35926

James Holman, by John Richardson Jackson, published by  Henry Squire & Co, after  John Prescott Knight - NPG D37565

James Holman

by John Richardson Jackson, published by Henry Squire & Co, after John Prescott Knight
mezzotint, published 23 May 1849
NPG D37565

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