Sir Charles John Holmes

Charles John Holmes was Director of the National Portrait Gallery, before moving next door to become the sixth Director of the National Gallery.

Holmes was born on 11 November 1868 in Preston. After pursuing his studies at Eton and Oxford, he moved into publishing while at the same time developing his skills as a painter and art historian.

In 1900 he began exhibiting his work with the New English Art Club and in 1903 he became the co-editor of 'The Burlington Magazine'. The following year he took up the position of Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford.

In 1909 Holmes became Director of the National Portrait Gallery, a position he held until August 1916 when he moved next door to become the Director of the National Gallery. Knighted in 1921, Holmes retired from the Gallery in December 1928 and continued to pursue his interest in writing and painting. He died in London on 7 December 1936.

Image above: Detail from Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons, 'Sir Charles John Holmes', circa 1916. Bromide print, National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG Ax39189)
© By Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London, s001

Selected acquisitions

Summer's Day
Summer's Day
Berthe Morisot
View from Louveciennes
View from Louveciennes
Camille Pissarro
The Umbrellas
The Umbrellas
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Oedipus and the Sphinx
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Monsieur de Norvins
Monsieur de Norvins
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Angelica saved by Ruggiero
Angelica saved by Ruggiero
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Pindar and Ictinus
Pindar and Ictinus
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
The Building of the Trojan Horse
The Building of the Trojan Horse
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
The Deposition
The Deposition
Ugolino di Nerio
Isaiah
Isaiah
Ugolino di Nerio
Spandrel Angels
Spandrel Angels
Ugolino di Nerio
Saint Paul on Malta
Saint Paul on Malta
Adam Elsheimer
The Adoration of the Kings
The Adoration of the Kings
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Saints Peter and Paul
Saints Peter and Paul
Carlo Crivelli
Young Spartans Exercising
Young Spartans Exercising
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
The House of Cards
The House of Cards
Jean-Siméon Chardin
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
The Nativity at Night
The Nativity at Night
Geertgen tot Sint Jans
The Seine near Rouen
The Seine near Rouen
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Ballet Dancers
Ballet Dancers
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
 
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