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Head of a Welsh fishergirl

Oil Painting
ca.1864-1888 (painted)
Place of origin

Oil painting

Object details

Object type
TitleHead of a Welsh fishergirl (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Oil on millboard
Brief description
Oil painting depicting the 'Head of a Welsh Fisher-girl', by Frank Holl R.A. Great Britain, ca.1864-1888.
Physical description
Oil painting
  • Unframed height: 165mm
  • Unframed width: 187mm
Dimensions taken from Summary catalogue of British Paintings, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973: 6.5 x 7.375 inches
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs C. M. Baker through The Art Fund
Object history
Bequeathed by Mrs C. M. Baker through the Art Fund, 1958

Historical significance: Frank Holl (1845-1888) was born in London, the son of the engraver Francis Holl. He was accepted at the Royal Academy Schools at the age of 15, and in 1863 he won a gold medal for a religious painting. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1864 until his death. Holl specialised in a melancholy, even morbid strain of genre painting, and in the 1870s won popular success with paintings on the themes of social problems, illness and mortality. In the late 1870s Holl became a successful and prolific portrait painter.

This vivid oil sketch of the head of a Welsh fishergirl, presumably a preparatory study for a painting, was given to the V&A in 1958 by the artist's niece Mrs C.M. Baker through the Art Fund, along with Holl's portraits of his younger brother and his future sister-in-law as children (P.1-1958 and P.2-1958).
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Record createdApril 25, 2007
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