This display focuses on recently acquired etchings by Yorkshire-born artist Edgar Holloway (1914-2008), an important figure in the etching revival of the 1930s. Best known for his portraits and self-portraits, Holloway was influenced by Rembrandt’s use of light and dark and by contemporary etchers including Augustus John, Ernest Lumsden and Joseph Webb. The display includes a remarkable self-portrait from 1932 and portraits of key cultural figures including the poet and critic Herbert Read and poet T.S. Eliot (both from 1934). After a twenty year break from the medium, Holloway returned to printmaking in 1969, going on to produce portraits including the etching of sculptor Henry Moore (1978) shown in this display.
Room 31 case display