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William Holwell-Carr

(1758-1830), Priest; art dealer; art collector; painter

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born William Holwell, he acquired the additional surname Carr in 1798. After graduating from Exeter College, Oxford, he travelled to Italy, where he studied art and began the picture buying which was to become his lifelong passion. In 1791, he was presented with the rich benefice of Menheniot in Cornwall by his old college. He never lived there, paying a curate to fulfil his duties for him, but his salary helped fund his art collecting. He devoted his energies to improving his collection. He bequeathed his entire collection to the nation; six months after his death his collection of thirty-five Old Masters, including a Canaletto and a Rubens, was delivered to the National Gallery, London.

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William Holwell-Carr, by Benjamin Burnell - NPG 5809

William Holwell-Carr

by Benjamin Burnell
pencil and chalk, 1798
NPG 5809

Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art', by Pieter Christoffel Wonder - NPG 792

Study for 'Patrons and Lovers of Art'

by Pieter Christoffel Wonder
oil on canvas, 1826-1830
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 792

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