Charles Holroyd

Charles Holroyd (Sir)
Birth and death
1861 - 1917
Profession details
Etcher, Museum Director
Related place
Alistair Grant

Sir Charles Holroyd, (1861-1917), Etcher and Museum Director. In 1897 Holroyd was appointed the first keeper of the National Gallery of British Art at Millbank (now Tate Britain), where he promoted many neglected British artists, like Alfred Stevens. In 1906 he succeeded Sir Edward Poynter as director of the National Gallery, remaining in post until 1916, shortly before his death at his home, Sturdie House, near Oatlands Park. He was the last artist appointed as director of the National Gallery, prompting a great deal of media comment at the time whether artists or 'professional' curators were best suited for directorship. At the National Gallery his most notable achievement was rescuing from storage the 'unfinished' paintings in Turner's bequest, which are now a permanent part of the Turner gallery at Millbank. On 23rd June 1909 Holroyd officially opened Elmbridge Museum!

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