Charles Holme

Charles Holme (/hm/; 1848–1923) was an English journalist and art critic, founding editor of The Studio from 1893. He published a series of books promoting peasant art in the first decades of the 20th century.[1]

Charles Holme
Charles Holme by Philip Alexius de László.jpg
Portrait of Charles Holme by Philip Alexius de László (1869–1937), published in The Studio in January 1928
Born7 October 1848
Died14 March 1923
Occupationmerchant; magazine editor
Known forThe Studio


Holme was born on 7 October 1848 in Derby, the younger son of a silk manufacturer, George Holme, and his wife Ann, née Brentnall.[2][3] Holme himself worked in the silk and wool trades, trading with Turkestan, India and China in the 1870s. He subsequently opened offices in Japan,[4] visiting the country in 1889 with the painter Alfred East and Arthur Lasenby Liberty and his wife.[5] He served as vice-president of the Japan Society, and was a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun in 1902.[6] Holme was a member of the private bibliophile club, the Sette of Odd Volumes,[7] and President in 1890.[8] Holme was painted by Philip Alexius de László in 1908; the portrait was published in The Studio in 1911.[2]

He died on 14 March 1923 in Upton Grey, Hampshire.[3]

The StudioEdit

Following his retirement from trade in 1892, Holme founded The Studio: an illustrated magazine of fine and applied art, a magazine dedicated to fine arts and decorative arts, giving roughly equal weight to each. The first issue appeared in April 1893. The first serving editor was Joseph Gleeson White (Lewis Hind had acted as editor for four months before the launch of the magazine). In 1895 Holme took over as editor himself, although Gleeson White continued to contribute. Holme retired as editor in 1919 for reasons of health, and was succeeded by his son Charles Geoffrey Holme, who was already the editor of special numbers and year-books of the magazine.[2]

Edited worksEdit

Modern etchings, mezzotints and dry-points, 1913

Special numbers of The Studio were edited by Holme for separate publication as books.

  • Corot and Millet; with critical essays by Gustave Geffroy & Arsène Alexandre, 1902
  • Daumier and Gavarni by Henri Frantz and Octave Uzanne, 1904
  • Peasant art in Italy by S. J. A. Churchill, V. Balzano and Elisa Ricci, 1905
  • The gardens of England in the southern & western counties, 1907
  • Art in England during the Elizabethan and Stuart periods by Aymer Vallance, 1908
  • Old English mezzotints by Malcolm Salaman, 1910
  • Peasant art in Sweden, Lapland and Iceland by Sten Granlund and Jarno Jessen (pseud.), 1910
  • Peasant art in Austria and Hungary by A. S. Levetus, Dr. Haberlandt and Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch, 1911
  • Peasant art in Russia, 1912
  • Old houses in Holland by Sydney R. Jones, 1913
  • The great painter-etchers from Rembrandt to Whistler by Malcolm Salaman, 1914
  • The art of the book; a review of some recent European and American work in typography, page decoration & binding, 1914
  • Shakespeare in pictorial art by Malcolm Salaman, 1916
  • The development of British landscape painting in water-colours by Alexander Joseph Finberg and E. A. Taylor, 1918.[9]


  1. ^ Michelangelo Sabatino (2012). Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy. University of Toronto Press. p. 413. ISBN 978-1-4426-6737-2. Accessed May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Julie F. Codell (2004). Holme, Charles (1848–1923). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press; online edition, May 2008. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33950. Accessed June 2013. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b 'Mr Charles Holme', The Times, 19 March 1923, p.17
  4. ^ Hugh Cortazzi, ed. (2012). Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits, Volume 4. Routledge. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-136-64147-3. Accessed May 2013.
  5. ^ Toni Huberman, ed. (2008). The Diary of Charles Holme's 1889 Visit to Japan and North America with Mrs Lasenby Liberty's Japan: A Photographic Record. Brill. ISBN 978-1-905246-39-7. Accessed May 2013.
  6. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36810). London. 3 July 1902. p. 8.
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  9. ^ Finberg, Alexander Joseph; Taylor, E. A (1918). Holme, Charles (ed.). The development of British landscape painting in water-colours. London: The Studio. p. 30. Retrieved 24 January 2020.

Further readingEdit

  • The Diary of Charles Holme's 1889 Visit to Japan and North America, edited by Toni Huberman, Sonia Ashmore and Yasuko Suga. Kent: Global Oriental, 2008