Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.292.
Holloway was a significant figure in the etching revival of the 1930’s, best known for his self-portraits, and portraits of key cultural figures including the poet and critic Herbert Read and poet T.S. Eliot (both from 1934). After a twenty year break from the medium, Holloway returned to printmaking in 1969, going on to produce portraits including the etching of sculptor Henry Moore (1978). Holloway was influenced by Rembrandt’s use of light and dark and by contemporary etchers including Augustus John, Ernest Lumsden and Joseph Webb.
Holloway made more etched self portraits than any other British printmaker. His first self portrait was a drypoint of 1931, aged 16; The Fedora, his 33rd, was etched in 2002, at the age of 88.