William Hole, R.S.A., Miscellaneous Memories Of A Lifetime by Elizabeth Hole, recounts fond miscellaneous memories of forty-one years’ companionship alongside her husband, William Hole.
She provides us with an eclectic mix of fresh, lively anecdotes and family memories, creating a unique insight into the artist who painted, amongst other works, the mural frieze and decoration at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
First published in 1920 as Memories of William Hole by his Wife, her manuscript has been skilfully updated but retains original period charm. The book has never been reprinted and so, ninety years on, copies of the original volume are scarce but remain sought-after by collectors, many of whom first came across the artist through his book, The Life of Jesus of Nazareth; the religious illustrations have been published worldwide since 1906.
The new edition has also been updated to include, as appendices: the heart-warming biography of William Hole by his life-long friend – the highly accomplished and respected Scottish academician, Walter B. Blaikie; extracts from William Hole’s personal diaries of his second journey to the Holy Land in 1912; detailed listings of William Hole’s exhibits at the Royal Scottish Academy and at the Royal Academy, respectively.
The book was published in hardback (ISBN 9780952805953) on 25th November. Costing just £20, it is available to buy from local book and gift shops as well as online here.
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