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Follower of James Holland (1799–1870) - 19th Century Watercolour, Flowers



Similar to Holland's style, this watercolour captures a delicate and sensitive beauty. With exquisite pinpoint detail, the artist captures each individual petal, each water droplet on the leaves with a realist's beauty. With vibrant yellows and blues, this piece truly is a harmonious spectacle. The artwork is well presented in a tilted wooden frame with a washline mount.

Inscribed on the reverse. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. Some minor foxing and surface dirt is found on the painting. The frame is in good condition, with some small marks and wear.


14 x 19cm (5.5" x 7.5")
Framed Size: 41 x 44cm (16.1" x 17.3")

Artist Biography

Holland was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, where his father and other members of his family were employed at the pottery works of William Davenport in Longport. James was himself employed there, from the age of 12, for 7 years, painting flowers on pottery and porcelain. In 1819, he came to London where he continued to work as a pottery painter, but also gave lessons in drawing landscapes, architecture, and marine subjects. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824 and in 1830 visited France and made studies of its architecture. In 1823 he exhibited a picture of 'London from Blackheath'. In 1835 he became an associate exhibitor of The Society of Painters in Water-colours, but he left the society in 1843, and joined the Society of British Artists, of which he remained a member until 1848. He rejoined the Watercolour Society in 1856, and was elected a full member two years later. Holland did a great deal of drawing for the illustrated annuals of the day, and for this purpose visited Venice, Milan, Geneva, and Paris in 1836, and Portugal in 1837. His paintings of Portugal were published in the book, "The Tourist in Portugal". In 1839 he exhibited a painting of Lisbon at the Royal Academy. In 1845 he went to Rotterdam, Portugal again in 1847, in 1850 to Normandy and North Wales, in 1851 again to Geneva, and in 1857 again to Venice.

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Code kr888
Artist Attrib. James Holland (1800-1870)
Date Mid 19th Century
Dimensions 14 x 19cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Still Life
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