Holiday was born in London and initially took lessons with William Cave Thomas. He then studied at Leigh’s Academy and the Royal Academy Schools. Through his friendship with Albert Moore and Simeon Solomon he was introduced to Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones and thereafter became associated with the Pre-Raphaelite school. As a painter is possibly best known for his Dante and Beatrice exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1883 and now in the Walker Art Gallery but he was also a talented stained glass designer, illustrator, sculptor and enamellist. In 1890 he founded in Hampstead his own glassworks, which produced stained glass, mosaics, enamels and ecclesiastical objects.— Sarah Colegrave Fine Art
Henry Holiday was a socialist and a Pre-Raphaelite, a friend of Morris and Rossetti’s. After Burne-Jones left Powell’s glassworks to work for Morris, Holiday became the chief designer of stained glass there. He was a delicate draughtsman in red chalks. — Maas Gallery
Designs for Stained Glass
- The Raising of Lazarus, and the Raising of Jairus's Daughter
- The Raising of Lazarus
- Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven
Crowther, Paul. Awakening Beauty: The Crowther-Oblak Collection of Victorian Art. Exhibition catalogue. Ljubljana: National Gallery of Slovenia; Galway: Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, 2014. No. 40.
Pre-Raphaelitism. Exhibition catalogue. London: Maas Gallery, 2013. No. 24.
Wood, Christopher. The Pre-Raphaelites. New York: Viking, 1981.
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