Sir Henry Holland, 1st Bt

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Holland was a cousin of the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell and nephew of the potter Josiah Wedgwood. After completing his medical training, he spent eighteen months travelling in Portugal, Gibraltar, Sardinia, Sicily, the Ionian Isles and Greece. On his return, he published Travels in the Ionian Isles, Albania, Thessaly, Macedonia, etc. (1812 and 1813). The book was an immediate success. On his return Holland set himself up as a society physician. He was extremely popular with his patients, but he limited himself to working just ten months a year so that he could spend the rest of his time travelling. He visited every country in Europe and made extended tours of three other continents.

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Sir Henry Holland, 1st Bt


exhibited 1860


oil on canvas


H 76.2 x W 63.2 cm

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Given by the sitter's son, Henry Thurstan Holland, 1st Viscount Knutsford, 1912

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