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The Painting

An oil on board, measuring 11½" x 15¼". Signed Holland.

About the Artist

George Herbert Buckingham Holland (1901-1987) was born in Northampton. He was educated at Northampton Grammar School and trained as an artist at Northampton School of Art and Leicester College of Art (1918-23). In 1923 he opened a studio at Whitworth Chambers, George Row, Northampton. He lived in Chelsea, London, for a while before returning in 1939 to Northampton, where he resided for the rest of his life. He was primarily a portrait painter (three of his works are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery) but he also painted landscapes and still life. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held in 1997 at the Central Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton, to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

The Subject

Cardiff City Hall. This is the fifth building to have served as the centre of local government in Cardiff and is part of the fine ensemble of civic buildings in Cathays Park. It opened in 1906 to the designs of the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. The Edwardian Baroque style reflects the confidence of the period, when Cardiff’s prosperity from the coal industry was at its height. Cardiff City Hall is dominated by a 194 foot high clock tower, and its dome is surmounted by a Welsh dragon, sculpted by H.C. Fehr.

G. H. B. Holland

Cardiff City Hall

G. H. B. Holland - Cardiff City Hall