The first major retrospective of the extraordinary Victorian painter Frank Holl, whose premature death at the age of 43 meant he never fully received the recognition he deserved.

A leading figure in social realist and portrait painting, Frank Holl was something of a prodigy, winning a travelling scholarship from the Royal Academy in his mid-20s. On his travels he became fascinated by the leading lights of northern painting, in particular Rembrandt and Rubens.

He became known for his powerfully emotive paintings depicting departure and loss, and capturing the desperation of the working poor. As well as becoming a much desired society portrait painter. Yet his prolific output had a detrimental effect on his health, and he died in 1888, after an exhausting period of work. This exhibition brings together thirty of his paintings to reveal a British painter with a compassionate understanding of the human condition.

Mercer Art Gallery

Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SA

01423 556 188


Opening times

Apr – Oct

Tue – Sat and bank holiday Mon, 10am – 5pm (Sun from 2pm)

Nov – Mar

Tue – Sat and bank holiday Mon, 10am – 4pm (Sun from 2pm)

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