Adrian Bury 1891-1991

The Last of the Holland House, 1950-1959
20.50 x 16.50 in
As evidenced by the title the artist gave it, “The Last of Holland House” is an elegiac depiction of a grand old country home (and a way of life) falling into ruin in the English countryside. Adrian Bury (1891 - 1991) was known for both portraits and landscapes, primarily in watercolor. This work is beautifully and professionally float-framed, and is behind glass as all watercolors should be (sorry for the glare in the photos). 20.5”h x 16.5”w (15”h x 11”w unframed)

Adrian Bury

Adrian Bury was born in London into a family of artists — his father was a sculptor and bronze-caster, and his uncle Alfred Gilbert was the favorite sculptor of the royal family. Adrian was initiated into the rather less illustrious career of office-boy in a pipe factory. However, he took evening art classes and associated himself with artists and writers in several societies. Evidently, he proved himself enough to be educated in Paris, at the private art school Académie Julian and the Parisian art school Académie Colarossi. Unlike his sculptor family members, Adrian’s talents inclined toward writing and brilliant watercolors. He returned home as WW1 broke out, but was rejected for service; instead, he worked as a writer and cartoonist, first freelance and then for the Sunday Pictorial. After the war, he finished his studies at the British School in Rome, and he continued to travel throughout his life, painting and writing biographies of other artists and his own autobiography. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Leger Gallery and Royal Watercolor Society.


Sources include:
The British Museum,
Art UK,
Royal Academy of Arts,
Académie Julian, Wikipedia,