25 Blythe Road Harry Moore-Gwyn - Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club - Wednesday 5th April 2017
*HENRY HOLIDAY (1839-1927) ABU SIMBEL signed l.l.: HENRY HOLIDAY watercolour 22 cm
by 28 cm; 8 1/2 in by 11 in framed Provenance Purchased by The Fine Art Society ltd. from The Piccadilly Gallery, London, February 1983 This atmospheric watercolour depicts the great Nubian rock temples of Abu Simbel in southern Egypt and dates from a trip that Holiday made to the region in 1907. The expedition resulted in a series of watercolours and illustrations on Egyptian themes, culminating in an exhibition at Walker's Gallery in London in March 1908. Generally regarded as one of the most significant stained glass designers and illustrators of the later nineteenth century, Holiday was a close associate of both Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. He is regarded as one of the most significant exponents of the late Pre-Raphaelite style in British art.