Florence Mabel Hollams British , 1877-1963

Florence, also known as Frances, Mabel Hollams was a popular British painter of horses and dogs. Hollams typically painted her subjects on wooden panels with no background, so that the grain of the wood remains visible. She grew up at Dene Park in Shipbourne and later moved to Puttenden Manor near the hamlet of Dunks Green.

 

Hollams studied under the artist Frank Calderdon (1865-1943) and, at a time when most schools did not accept female students, she studied in Paris at the Académie Julian. She was also one of the first female Royal Academicians, exhibiting eight paintings , and in 1899 was elected to the Society of Women Artists.

 

One of Hollams' paintings, The Royal Horse, is displayed at the Mount Branch Museum in Invar Court. She married Charles Lionel Fox, a land agent who worked for the owners of the Shazle racehorses.