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Charles William Holliday

April 20 1870 - July 18 1955

Island Arts and Crafts Society

Charles William Holliday was born in London, England in 1870. He was a self-taught artist, painting in watercolour.

He arrived in the Okanagan in 1889 and became a professional photographer, working in Enderby, Vernon, and Armstrong. He retired in 1934 and took up painting. He moved to Victoria in 1937.

He exhibited in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1932 to 1937, and also had a solo exhibition there of "watercolours of the BC interior" in 1937. He exhibited his work at the Canadian Pacific Exhibition in Vancouver in 1934, and with the Island Arts and Crafts Society in 1937, 1940, and 1941.


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He wrote an autobiographical reminiscence titled The Valley of Youth which was published in 1948 by The Caxton Printers Ltd., Caldwell. In this book Holliday describes leaving home at the age of 16 and going to sea, sailing around the Horn to San Francisco, then moving to BC in 1889 where he took up ranching.


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He died in Victoria on July 18, 1955.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1937 Sept. 1 - 15 Watercolours VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Passing Clouds, Mabel Lake, Okanagan
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual The Road to Hope
The Cliffs at Kalamalka
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual City of the Mist
The Welcome Light
1934 ? - ? VAG   B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition City of the Mist
The Welcome Light


References - MONOGRAPHS

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GENERAL

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference cited for Holliday: WWNA listed above.

BIOGRAPHIES OF B.C. POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHERS (refer to VPC06)

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

"Fine Works Seen in Art Gallery" by (unknown)
  Vancouver Daily Province, Sept. 10, 1937


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