( 1859 – 1939 )

Edward Stratton Holloway

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A noted author as well as artist, Edward Stratton Holloway was born in the hamlet of Ashland, New York, surrounded by the Catskill Mountains. Little is known about his early education, but as a young man he undertook formal instruction at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and exhibited there intermittently beginning in 1881 and continuing through 1905. Other important exhibition venues include the National Academy of Design (1888), Art Institute of Chicago (1897, 1904), and the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, where his work was awarded the bronze medal.

Holloway pursued a career in commercial art as well, serving as the art director for the Philadelphia publishing house of J. B. Lippincott for forty-six years. It was in this capacity that he came to author several books on interior design and furnishings, including The Practical Book of Interior Decoration and American Furniture and Decoration: Colonial and Federal.

This example is representative of Holloway’s atmospheric coastal landscape views, for which he is best known. Often working en plein air, the artist recorded coastlines and marine scenes stretching from New Jersey southward. A Barbizon influence can be seen in both the subject matter and palette.

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