George Augustus Mortimer Leigh Holmes was born in Marylebone, London in 1829. His brother Edward Henry Rickman Holmes (1825-1898) was a landscape and portrait painter. Little is known about his early education, but judging from the high quality of his work and that of his brother, they both are likely to have received art tuition.
He worked mainly in oil and specialised in painting genre scenes often featuring children and animals. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1852-1909 and at the major London galleries including the British Institution, Grosvenor Gallery, Fine Art Society and Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He became a member of the Society of British Artists in 1863 where he exhibited 110 works. He also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Cambrian Academy, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and at the Manchester City Art Gallery. From 1906 to 1911 he exhibited at the Paris Salon.
He spent most of his adult life living in Chelsea. From the early 1860’s he lived at 2 Prospect Place, Cheyne Walk before moving to 62 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, a fashionably artistic area of London where his brother also lived for a time. James Whistler was one of his neighbours and was also a colleague at Society of British Artists. He died in Chelsea on 30 March 1911.
A photograph of him is in the National Portrait Gallery. Examples of his work can be found at the Victoria Gallery, Liverpool,
The painting is housed in its original period gilt frame, which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||19.5 inches x 26.5 inches (49.5cm x 67.5cm)|
|Framed Size||31.5 x 38.5 inches (80cm x 98cm)|