William Langford Holland, Miniature Painter

(fl. 1777-1787)

Miniature Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was trained in the drawing schools of the Dublin Society, where he won prizes in 1774 and 1776, and obtained a medal in 1779. He exhibited three crayon drawings at the Society of Artists in William Street in 1777, the only occasion that his name appears as an exhibitor. He worked in Dublin for some time at No. 12 Suffolk Street, doing small miniatures in profile painted in water-colour on glass backed up with white satin. For these he charged seven shillings. In 1786 he advertised, from 146 Capel Street, "most striking likenesses from one to five guineas each," and a new invention, "profiles à la Marlborough painted on glass, being the invention of a foreign gentleman who has brought that art to a perfection never before known in this or any other country; one sitting only being necessary, and time not more than ten minutes. Elegant gilt frames furnished; price of both frames and profiles being so moderate as half a guinea." In 1787 Holland was practising in Kilkenny as a "miniature painter in profile à la Marlborough." After this date no further mention of him has been found.

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