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Edgar Holloway at 90

23 February – 14 May 2004

Edgar Holloway RE was a key figure of the etching revival in the 1920s and 1930s. By the age of twenty his work had been purchased by the major national collections, he had been given two one-man exhibitions in London, and T. S. Eliot, Stephen Spender and Herbert Read were among the many who sat for him for their portraits. Ninety this year and still an active printmaker, Holloway is now one of the very few surviving artists of the Etching Revival, a period in the history of the British print that has enjoyed popular recognition in recent years. His most recent portrait commission was an engraving of the actress Greta Scacchi who sat for him at her home.

This exhibition covers a period from the late 1920s to present and contains many works, old and new, that have never previously been shown. The etchings, engravings, drawings and watercolours in this exhibition document Holloway’s family, friends and his travels around Britain and the Continent throughout a remarkable career that now spans nine decades. No exhibition to celebrate Holloway’s fine achievements as a printmaker would be complete without his enduringly popular series of etched self-portraits for which he has become best known. His first self-portrait was a drypoint of January 1931, aged 16; the most recent The Fedora, his thirty-third, was etched in August 2002.

Edgar Holloway (right) in discussion at the Private View

Edgar Holloway (right) in discussion at the Private View

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