Edgar Holloway

1914 – 2008

As a child Edgar Holloway attended art classes at a college near his home in Doncaster. By the age of 17 he had his first one-man show in London and began selling prints to major collections. He attended the Slade School of Art part-time while earning his living from both etching and portrait commissions.

In 1941, influenced by Eric Gill‘s method of living and working, he converted to Roman Catholicism. In 1943 he visited Capel-y-ffin, Gill’s former home, and there met and married Daisy Hawkins (Gill’s former model in the latter stages of his life). When short of work in the post war period he turned his skills to drawing letters for a sign. This became the first of many jobs of lettering and sign writing that he continued throughout his working life.

In 1948 he visited Ditchling and settled in the following year. He began to study wood-engraving with Philip Hagreen and by 1951 had joined the Guild. Throughout his life he worked as a designer for publishers and a cartographer as well as continuing to etch and work in watercolour, the village itself and the Guild buildings, providing his subject matter.