Florence Mabel Hollams was a horse portraitist and animal painter born in Kensington London in 1877. She is sometimes referred to as Frances. Her father Frederick was a barrister from Blackheath, Kent and her mother Mary Owen was from Antrim, Belfast. The family later moved to Wimbledon before settling in the Tonbridge area.
Hollams studied under Frank Calderon (1865-1943) and at the Académie Julian in Paris. She made her debut at the Royal Academy in 1897 listing her address as Dene-Park, Tonbridge and was one of the first female Academicians. Her works were highly popular and she included amongst her patrons the Earl of Sefton, Lord Cornwallis and Earl Beatty. She became an Associate of the Society of Women’s Artists in 1899 and was elected to the society in 1902.
In 1903, she married Charles Lionel Fox, a steward and land agent to the Farlawne Estate owned by the Cazalet family, who were well known racehorse owners and trainers. They lived at Oak Cottage, Claygate near Shipbourne not far from the Farlawne estate. Hollams also produced some flower and figurative works, however, it is for her portraits of horses that she is best known. Her works are usually painted on polished wood, showing the grain as the background. Her last recorded work is a portrait of the racehorse ‘Palestine’ dated 1941 for Marcus Marsh. She died in Taunton in 1963.
Many of her works are held in public collections including the Leicestershire Museum, 1st the Queen’s Dragoon Guards Heritage Trust and the National Trust.
The work is housed in its original period maple wood frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||13 inches x 17.5 inches (33cm x 44.5cm)|
|Framed Size||17 inches x 21.5 inches (43cm x 54.5cm)|