Army Straggler Left Behind At Auction Sale

An original oil painting by William Hole went under the hammer (8th September, 2011) but failed to sell. Described as: “Straggler from Chevalier’s Army, is signed and dated 1888. Guide price: £4k-£6k.”

Our own research has identified a similar painting, A Straggler of the Chevalier’s Army, was in fact exhibited by Hole at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1880.  It was described by Wilfrid Meynell (1897) as: ‘”A Straggler from the Chevalier’s Army,” is a singularly vivid incident of the past – a passage of life which the artist would almost seem to have witnessed, so much familiarity and activity is there in his conception of the accidents of the scene. A wounded Highlander is attacked by the tagrag of an English village, and turns at bay. Here, too, the quality of movement is remarkable.’


First Clean in 25 Years For Hole Murals: Gallery Reopens on 30th November, 2011

A stunning set of murals, decorating the entrance hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, is to be cleaned for the first time in a quarter of a century, as part of a conservation project. The gallery has been closed for major refurbishment; completion of the cleaning is due to coincide with its reopening on 30 November.


Fundraising Hole at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The beautifully detailed mural mapping the night sky which William Hole painted in the late 1890s as a ceiling decoration within the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, is currently the focus of a major fundraising initiative. Supporters can sponsor one of the 2,222 stars depicted in the mural to help raise funds for the £17.6m refurbishment.



Website Development – Beta Testing

The William Hole website was first launched in April 2010. Thank you to everyone who has supported the site by visiting, providing information and giving generous donations over the intervening period; it is very much appreciated.

Research into William Hole’s life and work has gathered momentum over the past 20 months and, in many ways, we have now outgrown the format of the original site. As such, we are entering phase two of our website development.

Initially, this site ( will run in parallel with the main website at but, once completed and tested, the domain name you are currently visiting will cease and the new site will be moved across to the familiar location. In the meantime, we hope you like the look and feel of the new website and thanks again for your interest in the work of William Hole.