Portrait Study by Frederick Hollyer


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The important English photographer and engraver Frederick Hollyer (1838 –1933) photographs the successor to his own studio from within: his son Frederick Thomas Hollyer, (1870-1952) seen here wearing his top hat. The son took over for his father on his retirement in 1913. Titled Portrait Studien, or "Portrait Study" within the lower plate margin, this vintage hand-pulled, Chine-collé photogravure was printed in 1897 and included in the important German publication Die Kunst in der Photographie.


Printed: 1897


Condition:  Fine.

A few foxing marks to thick plate support outside image area, with original tissue guard still attached by glue to far left plate margin.  Please inspect both photographs with listing. (please email if you require additional photos)



image:     15.8 x 11.0 cm

support:   33.9 x 25.8 cm


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Some background on Frederick Hollyer from Photograms of 1895:


“At an early age Frederick Hollyer became immersed in the art world and c.1860 was attracted to photography…As a relaxation Hollyer enjoyed photographing people and for some thirty years his studio was reserved mondays for this purpose only.  His close association with leading artists through his main photographic practice led to his taking their portraits.  Amonst those he photographed were D.G. Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, G.F. Watts, Frederick Leighton, William Morris, Walter Crane, Byam Shaw and John Ruskin.  His portraits have rare and unusual qualities.  He did not have to conform to the conventionalities of commercial studio portraiture so that most of his sitters were casually and naturally posed, unobtrusively lit, revealing in respect of character and characteristics, and refreshingly unretouched….Contemporary critics put Hollyer into the forefront of creative photographers: “From a fine Hollyer portrait you study the man as he is…these finely modelled heads, set so well in place as regards the decoration of a panel, are also transcripts of personalities-human documents of singular verity that should be amongst the prized treasures of future historians.  It is quite possible that many a minor poet or secondary painter may attract the attention of the next century, merely because Mr. Hollyer photographed him.”