Rowland Holyoake (probably born between 1855 and 1860), was the son of William Holyoake (1834-1894), a genre painter from Birmingham (UK) and frequent exhibitor at the Royal Society of British Artists. Under Whistler as president, William Holyoake served briefly as vice-president of the Royal Society of British Artists and William was named Curator of one of the Academy schools. The National Gallery in Glasgow has William Holyoake's Front Row of the Opera and another of his paintings, The Sanctuary hangs in the Chapels of Westminster Abbey. Rowland continued in the Victorian genre tradition of his father but he also painted landscapes, portraits and interiors. He began exhibiting at the R.S.B.A. in 1
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