Gems from the Royal Holloway Collection Shine This Summer at the Yale Center for British Art – Art Daily – May 7, 2009
Today the Holloway collection not only demonstrates the astute taste of a late Victorian collector, but highlights some of the greatest achievements in the figurative and landscape art of the nineteenth century, encompassing scenes of contemporary life, historical events, landscapes, and animal studies. As a collection designed specifically for female viewers, it illustrates the Victorian belief in art as the ultimate civilizing influence. Holloway’s purchases—sometimes at record-breaking prices—were cause for great excitement in the art world. The collection was widely discussed in the press and attracted large numbers of visitors from its first days. Although individual paintings in the Holloway collection have appeared in major exhibitions in Europe and the United States, many of them have never been exhibited outside England.