Thomas W HOLGATE
Born in Lancashire, the artist trained under Herkomer at Bushey, but was also a talented singer and took a D Phil in Music, becoming subsequently a Professor of Music. According to Wood he studied at the RA Schools from 1899 and exhibited there. His exhibiting address from 1899 for some years was in London.
According to records at Falmouth (RCPS), he was respected as a sensitive portrait painter, expecially of women. He lived at Constantine, moving on to 4 Stratton Terrace in Falmouth, until he moved to Truro in the early 1940s.
His landscape and seascape paintings were usually small. A group of paintings, lent from private collections and the Falmouth branch of WI in addition to Falmouth Town Council, were exhibited at the 150th Anniversary Exhibition of the RCPS. There are also examples of his work in Falmouth Art Gallery. Two of his portraits are held by the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
Painter of portraits and figures in oils; musicologist
works and access
Works include: The Cutty Sark in Falmouth Harbour; The Porch of Constantine Church; Study of a Female Head; A Friar of Orders Grey; Rev Thomas Harold Elkington (1888-1956); Bedruthan Steps;
Access to work: Falmouth Art Gallery (4 illus in Public Cat); RCM, Truro: The Violinist (1927) and The Artist's Wife
RCPS (including 150th Anniversary Exhibition)
Falmouth Art Gallery Exhibition Catalogue
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p330)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Price & Tonkin RCPS
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly p16-17 illus; p192 illus