Henry Holiday (1839-1927) was an English historical genre and landscape painter, stained-glass designer, illustrator and sculptor. He was born in London and showed an early aptitude for art and was given lessons by William Cave Thomas. He attended Leigh's art academy and in 1855, at the age of 15, was admitted to the Royal Academy. Through his friendship with Albert Moore and Simeon Solomon he was introduced to the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This movement was to be pivotal in his future artistic and political life. Holiday worked in both oils and watercolours
In 1861 he accepted the job of stained glass window designer for Powell's Glass Works, after Burne-Jones had left to work for Morris & Co. During his time there he fulfilled over 300 commissions, mostly for customers in the USA. He left in 1891 to set up his own glass works in Hampstead, producing stained glass, mosaics, enamels and sacerdotal objects. Holiday's stained glass work can be found all over Britain but some of his best is at the chapel of Worcester College Oxford, and in Westminster Abbey.
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