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Edgar Holloway

1914 - 2008

Holyrood by Edgar Holloway

Holyrood   1937

  Original etching.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Meyrick 115, undescribed first state.
S 372 x 282 mm; P & I 240 x 316 mm
Original Edgar Holloway etching.

Previously undescribed first state proof; this state was unknown to Meyrick when writing his catalogue raisonné of Edgar Holloway’s etchings and is not listed in the subsequent supplement.

Outstanding impression in the first state of the plate, prior to considerable shading throughout the image. Signed and inscribed in pencil by Edgar Holloway “Holyrood - 1st state”.

No other comparable impression is known.
Meyrick notes of this etching (in the second, completed state) “No edition, approx. 12 to 20 impressions, plate destroyed.”

Edgar Holloway composed this image whilst staying with the brilliant original printmaker William Wilson in Edinburgh in 1936 and completed this etching the following year. It was with William Wilson that Edgar Holloway made his first travels abroad, during the autumn of 1936, and it was Wilson who was largely responsible for the development of Holloway’s skills as an etcher.

This etching of Holyrood by Edgar Holloway makes fascinating comparison with an etching of the same subject by Holloway’s contemporary, Murray M. Tod. Like Holloway, Murray M. Tod was much influenced by the work of William Wilson.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse at Edinburgh is the British monarch’s official residence in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace (as it is commonly called) has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining. The ruins of the Augustinian Holyrood Abbey church connect to the palace on the north-east corner.

On cream laid paper with full margins. One short tear at extreme left edge of sheet, otherwise very fine original condition.