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Edition: 1st Edition
John Holland (1734.1807) - printmaker; British (of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Etcher.) Pencil sketch or drawing on heavy paper, cut in an oval shape, 6" high by 5" wide approximately. On the bottom right quadrant of the portrait a tiny but, visible monogram, reading JH 1753. (John Holland?)
ON the reverse of the drawing is written, “John Holland Esq. and farther below a date of 1753.
Some small areas of foxing otherwise very good+ condition
John Holland (1734.1807), may have have sketched this likeness of himself. Very little is known about him, apart that he was an amateur draughtsman and an etcher. “ I was only able to find three works, all etchings. The Yale Centre for British Art has two etchings by Holland after Rembrandt's compositions. This is not unusual, as many 18th-century amateurs and skilled artists would try to copy the works of great masters. Most interesting, however, is a piece from the British Museum's collection. It is described as a self portrait by John Holland, dated circa 1756. One is immediately struck by the resemblance of Holland and the sitter depicted in your drawing. Their noses look quite similar. Furthermore, both sitters have a beauty spot: on the right cheek in your drawing, on the left cheek in the British Museum's etching. (The printmaking process will inverse any design, which probably explains why this facial feature moves from one side to the other).” Stephane Roy, Ottawa, of the Art History department at Carleton University.
Very Good. Item #3304