George Augustus Holmes (British, 1822-1911)

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George Augustus Holmes (British, 1822-1911)

The Sailor's Lass

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed with initials and dated (18)'65' lower left. With faint signature/inscription verso.
  • Painting - 36cm x 28cm
  • Frame - 51cm x 43cm


A very fine example of the work of renowned Victorian genre painter George Augustus Holmes.  Signed with initials and dated lower left.


In very fine condition.  The canvas not lined, torn, patched or repaired.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

George Augustus Holmes was a renowned Victorian genre painter. Little has been written about his early life, indeed the exact date of his birth remains unknown. We do know that he began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1852 and at that time he lived with his brother Edward, who was also an artist, at 152 Sloane Square. They both moved to 62 Cheyne Walk in 1870.  Holmes exhibited many paintings at the Royal Academy throughout his life with titles at the Royal Academy including “Isabella Vide”, “Orlando Furioso”, “Feeding Time” and “Forty Winks”. He also showed at the Royal Society of British Artists, the British Institute and the Royal Society of British Artists of Birmingham.  Holmes was a talented and popular artist who painted subjects which were very appealing to the Victorian public. He was very skilful in his treatment of figures and animals.  Holmes lived and worked in London until his death in 1911.