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William Perring Hollyer (1834-1922) - Early 20th Century Oil, Highland Cattle

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A fine late 19th or early 20th Century oil study of Highland cattle in Scotland, by the well-listed artist William Perring Hollyer (1834-1922). With a view framed by distant mountains and a cloudy sky, the artist has set his subject in an evocative setting, typical for a work of this period and style. Hollyer had a penchant for livestock portraiture, and his clear and meaningful handling of the medium demonstrates his familiarity with their form. Two animals make contact with the viewer, while another two are obscured, adding a sense of compositional balance. Signed to the lower left corner, as shown. On canvas on stretchers.


In good condition overall, for a picture of this age. There is an area of restoration to the upper central area, and another smaller paint loss which has been previously restored to the sky on the left side. Abrasions and small losses around the edges of the work.


61 x 91.5cm (24" x 36")

Artist Biography

William Perring Hollyer (1834-1922) was a painter born in Dover, Kent, the son of Joseph Hollyer, an Heraldic Painter. William Hollyer specialised in animal paintings, particularly Highland cattle pictures beloved of the Victorians. He appears not to have exhibited at all in any of the recognised venues of the day. He was the father of Eva Hollyer, Maud Hollyer and Gregory Hollyer. Examples of his work can be found in Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Hepworth Wakefield, Rotherham Art Gallery, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and Williamson Art Gallery.

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Code kq514
Artist William Perring Hollyer (1834-1922)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 61 x 91.5cm
Framed No
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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