Edgar Holloway 1914–2008

Edgar Holloway self portrait
‘Self portrait’
1932, etching, 48/50
Held by the National Portrait Gallery

EDGAR HOLLOWAY (1914-2008)
Yorkshire-born artist Edgar Holloway, was 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. He is known for his 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).